On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was riding in an open car in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, along with his wife Jacqueline and Governor and Mrs. John Connolly. Three shots were fired at the car. The first shot missed entirely. The second shot struck the President in the back and exited through his throat, hitting Governor Connolly. The wound suffered by the President would not have been fatal. He likely would have survived, the only long-term affect being a slight change in his voice. The third shot, however, the headshot, caused a massive wound, resulting in his death and Lyndon Johnson being was sworn in as President on Air Force One.
But what if that third shot had missed Kennedy and he survived to continue his presidency?
Would we have become mired in Viet Nam for another decade, costing 50,000 American lives?
Would Kennedy have beaten Barry Goldwater in 1964?
Would the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have passed without the strong support of a Southern President and an overwhelming “sympathy vote” in the wake of Kennedy’s assassination?
Would his brother, Robert Kennedy, have run for President in 1968?
Would Nixon, Ford, Carter, Regan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, Obama and Trump have been elected President?
An Evening with President Kennedy assumes the President did survive the assassination attempt with only a single wound. He reflects on his life and career in this play as a senior statesman on his final speaking tour.
An Evening With President Kennedy
Featuring Joe Lawless as John F. Kennedy
Emma Allinson as Jacqueline Kennedy
Produced and Directed by Tony Fillipone
September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 8:00 p.m.
Prince Theater | Black Box