Presented by Clear Brush Productions

Ronald Reagan: The Last Republican

Presented by Clear Brush Productions


The Reagan Play - Poster

America's 40th president comes to California's Central Valley

Ronald Reagan: The Last Republican opens at the Bakersfield Community Theatre on July 19, 2024. Written by Terry Phillips, this acclaimed one-man show takes place during one evening in the Oval Office near the end of Reagan's presidency. The production runs through July 27.

Veteran actor/director Paul Messinger stars as America's 40th president recalling his public life and his personal challenges.

"In some ways," says Phillips, "Ronald Reagan represents the end of an era in American politics."

The play premiered on Sept. 1, 2023, at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, California. It was originally titled Ronald Reagan Saves the World.

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Ronald Reagan: The Last Republican is a one-man show written by Terry Phillips. It presents the unvarnished, unapologetic, unauthorized recollections of America’s 40th president. During an evening in the Oval Office, Mr. Reagan reflects on his life — from growing up in the Great Depression, to an iconic career in show business and politics — while dealing with an unexpected family crisis.

Veteran actor/director Paul Messinger starred in the world premiere performance in Santa Barbara, California.

According to the Santa Barbara Independent, the play "brings the life of this polarizing former president to the stage." Radio station KCLU says it "goes beyond politics to look at the man."

The show was featured in the Business Journal as well as on Fresno radio and TV stations prior to opening at that city's famous Tower Theatre.

Regardless of one’s preconceived notions about Reagan the man or Reagan the historical figure, this sometimes serious, sometimes humorous play is juxtaposed against the many challenges of his own time (and ours) to provide something touching and surprising for everyone.

Coming Soon

Those interested in bringing Ronald Reagan: The Last Republican to their venue can contact Clear Brush Productions by phone or text at 661-835-1497, by regular mail in care of the author (Terry Phillips) at P.O. Box 12492, Bakersfield CA 93389, or by email: [email protected]

A portion of the proceeds from each performance goes to the Alzheimer's Association. In 1994, Mr. Reagan disclosed that he had been diagnosed with the condition.

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Terry Phillips Playwright

Terry Phillips is the creator and host of Imagine Air Theater, a series of audio plays in the style of old-time radio but with contemporary themes. As a journalist, he covered major stories across the United States as well as from such global hot spots as Russia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Haiti. Phillips is the author of Murder at the Altar, a historical novel. He was an award-winning radio talk show host and an independent congressional candidate in California's Central Valley. His business experience includes serving as an executive in the wireless telecommunications industry. Phillips founded a multimedia production company and a boutique publishing house, with clients in America and Europe.


Paul Messinger - Director/Actor

Paul Messinger is a veteran actor and director. His many theatrical performance credits include Lady Patriot, I Never Sang for My Father, and Stuff Happens. He also has a long TV acting career in movies, episodic shows, and commercials. Paul’s voice talents frequently grace Imagine Air Theater, a series of audio plays. Paul has worked as a director in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and various places in between, staging children’s shows (The Christmas Princess), high dramas (Gentle Passage), and comedies (Ledge), among others. He formerly served as the head of the director’s unit for Fierce Backbone.

# Coming Soon

Following its premiere run, Ronald Reagan Saves the World is due to go on the road. The next scheduled performance is at the Tower Theatre on September 23 in Fresno, California. For ticket purchases, visit this website.

Subsequent shows will be announced here.