AMERICAN SCOREBOARD: The Trump Administration


New York, NY Wednesday June 27, 2018 —

As public schools come to a close this week, AMERICAN SCOREBOARD announces a back-to-school repeat performance of The Betsy Devos Confirmation Hearing for The Secretary of Education to take place at Arena Stage in The Mead Center For American Theater, 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington DC on September 17th, 2018 at 6pm. This will mark the first visit of the educational program to the DC area.

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD is an ongoing series that reflects the issues that face President Donald Trump and the American People today. Conceived and produced by Fran Kirmser and created and produced by Christopher Burney, AMERICAN SCOREBOARD are readings of selected and timely verbatim Senate and Congressional hearing transcripts.

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD’s first readings were presented at HB Studio Players Theater on January 24, 2017, reaching back into 2016 on the topic of corporate fraud with The Wells Fargo Hearing Panel 1. The second reading, The Tom Price Confirmation Hearing - Panel 1, was presented March 1, 2017, and the third installment on The Investigation of Russian Interference in the 2016 Election with Clint Watts was presented on June 26, 2017.  Gun Violence was read via podcast appearance on January 16, 2018 and The Betsy Devos Confirmation Hearing was originally co-Produced with Pace University in the Fall of 2017 at the 700 seat Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC.

Casting for the DC production will include young actors as well as students from the DC area to be announced. U.S. Senators represented in the original Devos reading were portrayed by current students and recent graduates, young professionals from Broadway productions, colleges and universities, including Pace University, and middle school students from the New York City Public School System. All Actors appeared courtesy of Actors Equity Association and featured; Lilla Crawford (Annie) as Senator Patricia Murray, Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) as Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sam Poon (The King and I) as Senator Bernie Sanders, Nicholas Barasch (Big River, 2017 Encores!) as Senator Al Franken, Edward O’Blenis as Senator Lamar Alexander (Law & Order SVU), and Tracy Shayne (Bronx Bombers, Chicago) as Betsy DeVos.


AMERICAN SCOREBOARD is non-profit educational endeavor that is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information on American Scoreboard’s upcoming readings, sign up on

Location: AMERICAN SCOREBOARD will have a reading at ARENA STAGE in The Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC.

Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes no intermission.

Tickets: Free, Reservations through

About AMERICAN SCOREBOARD series producers:

Fran Kirmser is a two-time Tony Award winning producer. In 2008, off the heels of the financial crisis, she conceived and produced a sports series for stage to explore leadership and competition beginning first with the Broadway play Lombardi.

Christopher Burney is the Artistic Producer of Second Stage Theatre where he has worked since 1996. He teaches at Columbia University in the Graduate School of the Arts.  


Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. 


HB was founded in 1945 by the Broadway actor and director Herbert Berghof. Berghof, born in Austria, was a protégé of the German realist director Max Reinhardt. A refugee from Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime, Berghof came to New York in 1939, where he joined a community of immigrant artists interested in bringing the classical training of the European theatrical tradition to practice in the still-young American theatre and created a studio for this work Berghof met the celebrated actress Uta Hagen in 1945 and invited her to join him in teaching at the Studio. Together, Hagen and Berghof trained some of the most noted actors of the American theatre. Their students, colleagues, and a new generation of accomplished artists continue that tradition today.