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3:03 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

'The Power Of Duff' Presents TV Anchor Who Ends Newscast With Prayer

"The Power of Duff" is a new play at the Huntington Theater Company about a news anchor, played by David Wilson Barnes, who starts including a prayer at the end of his newscasts. Actress Jennifer Westfeldt plays his co-anchor.
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The new play The Power of Duff finds Charles Duff down and out. He’s a weathered, disenchanted anchorman at the third-rated station in a low television market.

With nothing to lose and mournful over the death of his father, one night he spontaneously ends his nightly newscast with a prayer. Then he does it again and again. It’s a move that doesn’t fly well with his colleagues or station management until audiences the world over begin vociferously supporting this unlikely prophet.

On Open Studio, I recently spoke with actor Jennifer Westfeldt, who plays Duff’s co-anchor, a woman surprised to find herself moved by his religious messaging.

The cast of "The Power of Duff." Jennifer Westfeldt, front left, plays Duff’s co-anchor, a woman surprised to find herself moved by his religious messaging.
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"I think it forces her to question her own life and a lot of what’s been happening at home and her choices, and whether or not she’s living deliberately," she said. "I think the play raises some great questions about faith and whether or not there is a god, and whether or not there is a distinction between spirituality, religion, humanism, where all of these blurred lines are."

Not to mention, as Duff also poses, where and why people suddenly find religion. 

See the Huntington Theatre Company's The Power of Duff through Nov. 9. 

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