Complicated, passionate and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, ineffectual one-term President and congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance and integrity. This unique, highly-theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America’s most dynamic figures: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, his own father, John Adams and more. At once provocative, haunting and hilarious, this Power Play challenges the way we think of our country, our government and ourselves.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$40 - $90

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 03/01/2019 - 04/14/2019
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Important Dates


  • 04/13/2019 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 03/30/2019 - 7:30pm
  • 04/04/2019 - 8:00pm
Performer Role
Jacqueline Correa JQA/Abraham Lincoln/Louisa Adams
Eric Hissom JQA/John Adams/Henry Clay
Joshua Robinson JQA/Frederick Douglass/Andrew Jackson
Phyllis Kay JQA/George Washington/Abigail Adams/John C. Calhoun
Production Personnel
Aaron Posner
Aaron Posner
Costume Designer
Helen Huang
Set Designer
Meghan Raham
Sound Designer
Karin Graybash
Lighting Designer
Jesse Belsky


Arena Stage - The Kogod Cradle
1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle is a unique, oval-shaped 200-seat theater with flexible seating and the latest technical capabilities. This theater is designed to cradle the risk and innovation required of first, second and third productions of new and developing plays.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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