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Democracy featured on '20/20' tonight

DEMOCRACY, the acclaimed play by Michael Frayn, will be featured on tonight's episode of "20/20". The program will include a story about the use of cell phones, and features an interview with DEMOCRACY star Richard Thomas, and a look at the production's "cell phone symphony," designed to curb the ringing of cell phones during the performance. "20/20" airs locally on WABC-TV, Channel 7 at 10:00 PM (ET). Check local listings.

DEMOCRACY, directed by Michael Blakemore, is currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) and is produced by Boyett/Ostar Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Jean Doumanian, Stephanie McClelland, Arielle Tepper, Amy Nederlander, Eric Falkenstein and Roy Furman.

DEMOCRACY is an exhilarating mix of Cold War spy thriller, political shell game and drama about human nature and identity. The play follows the astonishing career of Willy Brandt (James Naughton), the first left-of-center chancellor in West Germany in 40 years, and his downfall at the hands of his trusted assistant, Günter Guillaume (Richard Thomas), who is secretly spying on Brandt for the notorious East German Stasi. The play examines Guillaume's dual identity, as his duty to Brandt's enemies conflicts with his genuine love and admiration for his prey.

DEMOCRACY stars James Naughton as Willy Brandt, Richard Thomas as Günter Guillaume, Robert Prosky as Herbert Wehner and Michael Cumpsty as Arno Kretschmann, along with Terry Beaver (Reinhard Wilke), John Dossett (Helmut Schmidt), Julian Gamble (Ulrich Bauhaus), John Christopher Jones (Hans-Dietrich Genscher), Richard Masur (Horst Ehmke) and Lee Wilkof (Günther Nollau).

Set design is by Peter J. Davison, costume design by Sue Wilmington, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Neil Alexander.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM. Tickets for DEMOCRACY are available at the Brooks Atkinson Box Office (256 West 47th Street). Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or at 212-307-4100.


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