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One-man play in Sackets Harbor explores “If JFK Survived”

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SACKETS HARBOR — A program here today will explore the life of John F. Kennedy, focusing on a scenario that he was not assassinated in 1963.

“If JFK Survived Dallas: Presidential Reflections at Age 95” is a one-man play written by attorney Dennis C. McAndrews, an adjunct professor of political science at Villanova University, Radnor Township, Pa., who practices law in the Scranton, Pa., area.

He is the brother of Sackets Harbor resident J. Briggs McAndrews.

“He asked me to come up and do the program to benefit their library,” Mr. McAndrews said Friday.

Tonight’s program is at 7 at St. Andrew’s Parish Center, 112 E. Main St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Proceeds will benefit Hay Memorial Library.

“If JFK Survived Dallas” presents an aging ex-president, offering the playwright’s vision of President Kennedy’s presidency and post-White House life if he had been wounded and survived, not assassinated, in Dallas.

Critical events after 1963 include the 1964 presidential election between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater, President Johnson’s handling of the war in Vietnam, civil rights, the nuclear test ban treaty, post-presidential disclosures of marital infidelities and the concealment of health issues during JFK’s presidency.

Mr. McAndrews said the Sackets Harbor performance will be the fifth location he has staged his play.

“It’s been well-received, well-attended everywhere I’ve given it,” he said.

Mr. McAndrews also uses slides to illustrate the life and times of JFK.

He said he got the idea to write the play after his wife gave him a copy of the 2009 book “Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam” by Gordon M. Goldstein.

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