This Week on Broadway for June 18, 2023: John Rubinstein in Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with John Rubinstein who is starring in Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground at Theatre at St. Clements.

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Guest: John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein in EISENHOWER, THIS PIECE OF GROUND. photo by Maria Baranova

Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (Pippin, Children of a Lesser God) will star as President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground, a new American play by Richard Hellesen and directed by Peter Ellenstein. Following acclaimed Los Angeles engagements, The New Los Angeles Repertory Company (Peter Ellenstein, Producing Artistic Director) will present the seven-week Off-Broadway engagement, June 13 through July 30, at Theatre at St. Clements (423 W. 46th Street, NYC). Opening night is Tuesday June 20 at 7PM. Tickets are now on sale at For further information, visit

Special Episode: John Rubinstein on the Lessons of Eisenhower’s Presidency
On today’s episode, Matt Tamanini is in conversation with Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein. In his new one-person play “Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground,” Rubinstein plays former president Dwight D. Eisenhower reflecting on his life, leadership, and legacy two years after he left the White House. In their conversation, Matt and John discuss the lessons that can be learned from the former president, John’s meeting with Eisenhower when he was a child, and why the messages of this play resonate so much today.

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