Sunday, October 28, 2012
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44 Plays for 44 Presidents
With the 2012 Presidential Election less than two weeks away, it’s hard not to tire of the onslaught of political ads, social media overwhelm, and numerous other efforts determined to sway public opinion. On TV, radio, billboards, and coming to you in the mail…their messages are everywhere. But regardless of which party you are affiliated with, or which of the candidates you choose to endorse, the most important message is that you get out and exercise your constitutional right to vote.
Drive Theatre Company is doing its best to ensure that people are prepared to vote by presenting 44 Plays for 44 Presidents as part of the Plays for Presidents Festival 2012. The festival is a national collaboration of theatre and educational artists designed to help audiences appreciate the power of democracy and the responsibility of the electorate. The Electoral College may have chosen the first President of the United States but ever since, We the People gather every four years to have our say.
In 44 Plays, each president is featured in a 2-minute or less mini-play based on something memorable from his Presidency or the time leading up to it. The chronology begins with George Washington and ends with the opportunity to vote for the candidate the audience thinks will win the upcoming election. The plays range from the humorous to the dramatic, and incorporate music, dance, famous quotes, historical data, and even audience participation. Some of the information presented is expected, such as John Adams’ tendency to talk endlessly or FDR’s pledge to help the American people with his New Deal.
Others are less well known, like John Tyler’s elevation from Vice President to President due to the death of William Henry Harrison only 32 days after he took office or that Ulysses Grant, known as “the butcher,” died penniless after investing in a business overseen by his corrupt friends that went bankrupt.
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Now through November 6, 2012
Drive Theatre Company at the Attic Theatre
5429 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Click Here for tickets ($15).
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