The 2020 Presidential election is quickly approaching. Just like four years ago, the Democratic party is going to do some soul-searching for its nominee. Theater in Asylum’s The Debates process is about digging into the soul-searching—questioning, examining, researching—to create a more knowledgeable, engaged, and fired up electorate!
In the lead up to the first Democratic Primary debate in late summer/early fall, Theater in Asylum is hosting a series of Cabarets where we start to ask the questions that will guide our Debates process:
Who are these candidates, biographically but also “in their souls”?
What political issues are the party’s priorities?
What political issues are the citizens’ priorities?
What political issues should be our priorities?
What direction do you want the Democratic party to go?
To what extent do we (or do we need to) see ourselves in the eventual nominee?
We are assembling a group of phenomenal humans—that’s where you come in—to make art that asks these questions, explodes into new questions, and gets messy.
What we are asking you for
A 5-10 minute piece inspired by the Democratic Presidential Primary Process. One place to start would be to look at campaign announcements, which should be beginning around the time our cabaret happens. And yes, whatever you think we said is what we meant (but if you want to run an idea past us you are more than welcome!)
The only stipulation is that you hold yourself and your piece to a high factual rigor. We ask that you present facts or, if presenting non-facts, make it crystal clear what you are doing. For example, Hillary Clinton does not, nor has she ever, actually advocated for “Revolution in the streets.” SNL made this clear, despite representing her and having her say this in a fake political ad.
We are interested in a wide range of artistic points of view coming from artists with diverse perspectives.
Are you interested and available to share a piece in this night?
5pm. Crew arrives
5:30pm. Begin working each piece, especially changeovers
6:30pm. Put all performers on break
7pm. Doors open
7:30pm. Performance begins (5-6 pieces shorter than 10 minutes each)
All expenditures for The Debates are paid for by Theater in Asylum. No action, script line, voting guide, or event is authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Theater in Asylum does not endorse any candidate in this race. We simply want more people, people like you, to engage and participate. While many moments in our shows are mimicked alongside video (our way of quoting) others are departures meant to serve only as parody and satire. No copyright infringement, defamation, libel, or slander is intended. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us. Please don’t sue us!