State of the Union (play)

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For the film, see State of the Union (film). For other uses, see State of the Union (disambiguation).
State of the Union
Written by Russel Crouse
Howard Lindsay
Characters Grant Matthews
Mary Matthews
Spike McManus
Kay Thorndyke
Jim Conover
Sam Thorndyke
Sam I. Parrish
Bill Nolard Hardy
Lulubelle Alexander
Judge Alexander
Date premiered November 14, 1945
Place premiered Hudson Theatre
New York City, New York
Original language English
Genre Comedy
Setting Conover's home, Washington, D.C.; Book-Cadillac Hotel, Detroit

State of the Union is a play by American playwrights Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay about a fictional Republican presidential candidate. The play premiered on November 14, 1945 at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway, ran for 765 performances, and closed on September 13, 1947. Both playwrights received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for their work.

In 1948 the play was adapted for a film directed by Frank Capra.

Members of Manhattan's upper society, artistic, and literary communities understood fully[citation needed] that the plot of the play was based upon the long extramarital affair of Wendell Willkie with Irita Van Doren. The play opened 13 months after Willkie's death.

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