Monday, November 6, 2017

Fresh, Fair, and Often Funny Chatting With the Tea Party at Tree of Life UU

The Tree of Life UU Congregation’s Word Players readers' theater troupe presents the acclaimed docudrama Chatting with the Tea Party by Rich Orloff on Friday, November 10, at 7 pm at the church, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry.
Chatting With the Tea Party is about one person’s journey across America exploring the question, “Who are these people?” It’s a documentary style play about a New York liberal playwright who decides to travel around the country interviewing leaders of local Tea Party groups, to get to know people whose political beliefs are diametrically opposed to his. For a year playwright Rich Orloff attended Tea Party meetings and events in cities large and small in every region of the country. The play shapes the highlights of over 63 hours of interviews plus notes from the events to go beyond sound bites and stereotypes to show the people behind the politics. In a journey that’s at times disturbing, humorous, moving, and always thought-provoking.
A finalist for the Woodward/Newman New Play Award and the NuVoices New Play Prize, Chatting With the Tea Party has had readings at 15 theaters around the country and had its world premiere production in New York City in early 2016 at the Robert Moss Theater.

Daniel Pegarsch as playwright Rich Orloff.
The Word Players production features a cast of four with Daniel Pegarsch as the inquisitive playwright.  Ron Relic, Sue and George “Kaz” Kazlusky each portray a dazzling array of roles including local Tea Party leaders, Orloff’s skeptical and critical New York liberal friends, famous historical persons, and a sampling of Americans in a polarizing time.  Also appearing as the Card Girl is Devi Madaus.

Ron Relic plays impassioned local Tea Party leaders, one of Orloff's skeptical New York Liberal friends, historical characters, and other characters.
The Play is directed by Patrick Murfin.
Tickets are $10 available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Social Justice Ministry of the Tree of Life Congregation.
For more information call Tree of Life at 815 322-2464, e-mail, or visit .


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