Forge Theatre Brings Political Intrigue to the Stage
Forge is putting on a pair of plays with political overtones this election season.
Editor's note: the following was submitted by Forge performer, and Patch favorite, Jan Swarr.
Not by accident, the first two shows of Forge Theatre's 51st season, which begins Friday, Sept 7, have political themes; one a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama, the other a musical based on a popular comic strip.
The First show of the season, Farragut North, is a 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama based on Howard Dean's 2004 campaign for U.S. President. In a presidential election, more than the candidates' futures are on the line. The campaign puppeteers who script every word and plot every move fight to keep their own political careers alive past November. It's a game in which friendships cannot exist and the only person you can trust is yourself. Farragut North runs September 7 through September 22.
The second show of the season is Lil' Abner, the 1957 Tony Award winner based on the comic strip of the same name.
Al Capp’s classic comic strip characters step off the funny pages and onto the stage. Lil’ Abner aims its satirical darts at everything from to right-wing militarists and incompetent politicians, to gender standards and social conformity. The show features the great musical theatre toe-tappers, Jubilation T. Cornpone, If I Had My Druthers, Progress is the Root of All Evil, The Matrimonial Stomp, and more. Lil’ Abner runs November 9 through December 1.
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