Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground

John Rubinstein as Eisenhower at the Rubicon.

As part of its 25th Anniversary Season, Rubicon Theatre, the region’s award-winning not-for-profit professional theatre company, announces Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground, a riveting, one-person play starring Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein (Pippin, Children of a Lesser God). The production is set to open the week of President’s Day and runs from February 21 through March 10, 2024, at The Karyn Jackson Theatre in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District.

Fresh from his acclaimed off-Broadway run, Rubinstein delves deeply into the role of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in this fascinating tour-de-force written by Richard Hellesen and directed by Peter Ellenstein. Entertainment Today hails the production as a masterpiece and praises Rubinstein’s brilliant portrayal, stating, “Not since Give ‘em Hell Harry has a show offered such insight into an American President. Moral courage radiates through Rubinstein’s powerful presence.”

Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground is based on the speeches and letters of our 34th president. Set in 1962 at his Pennsylvania farm, Dwight D. Eisenhower looks at his place in history – and the price of leadership – looking back at his Kansas upbringing, decorated Army career, victories in World War II, and the legacy of his presidency. The play offers an inspiring glimpse into the heart and mind of an extraordinary leader.

Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground opens Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 7:00 p.m., with low-priced previews February 21 through 23. The run continues through March 10, with performances Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (talkback following), Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 – $79.50, with discounts available for subscribers, students, veterans, active military and Equity members. To purchase single tickets, or to subscribe to Rubicon’s 25th Anniversary Silver Season, call Guest Services at (805) 667-2900 or visit

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