Air-Force One

Ep 1/1

Saturday 16 November

2.30pm-3.30pm

BBC RADIO 4

Martin Jarvis directs a stellar American cast - headed by Stacy Keach, Glenne Headly, Susan Sullivan and Steven Weber – in this riveting new play by Christopher Lee.

Fifty years ago, on 22 November 1963, President John F Kennedy was assassinated by a sniper while riding in an open-topped limousine in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. What happened immediately after the assassination?

Theories explored in Lee's drama are based on Federal, classified and academic research, diaries and recollections – a mix of substantiated and contested documentation. He focuses, first, on the hospital mortuary, and then aboard Air Force One where former Vice President Lyndon B Johnson insists that Judge Sarah Hughes conducts the 'swearing-in' before take-off. Also present in the overcrowded aircraft is Kennedy's widow, Jackie, in a state of shock, still covered in blood. The play becomes a tense thriller as surprising events occur on board.

With Stacy Keach as Lyndon B Johnson, Glenne Headly as Jackie Kennedy, Susan Sullivan as Lady Bird Johnson, Steven Weber as Rufus Oldman, Nicholas Horman as Art Thorn, JD Cullum as Roy Kellerman, Janine Barris as Marie Fehmer, Jennifer Bassey as Rose Kennedy, Gordon Clapp as Rankin/Doctor Rose, Anna Mathias as Judge Hughes, Matthew Wolf as White House radio/Jack Valenti, André Sogliuzzo as AF1 operator/Dean Rusk, John Sloan as 86972 and Josh Stamberg as Narrator. Other parts by Tracy Pattin and Darren Richardson.

Sound design: Wesley Dewberry, Mark Holden

Producer/ Rosalind Ayres for Jarvis and Ayres Productions

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