Patriot Act

Bonjour City Garagistes,

We had a very successful last weekend with “Don Quixote, Which Was a Dream,”—nearly 2000 views, which for us is quite remarkable. After sex and politics, this weekend we are presenting you politics without sex (although, I believe they go hand in hand). So please tune in this weekend for “Patriot Act: A Reality Show,” by Charles Duncombe. It’s something he wrote for us in 2003 and it won the Fratti Newman Award for Political Theatre in New York in 2004. It was also produced several times in Italy. It will be showing, like usual, on our YouTube channel from 8:00pm Friday through Sunday at midnight.

Patriot Act

Please watch, share the link with your friends, and encourage them to make a donation to help us keep going. By the way, all the City Garage classics we’ve shown so far are available on our Chuffed fundraising pages as “perks” for a donation of $20. And don’t forget to check out the daily performances posted by our company members on “The City Garage Virtual Cabaret.”

Merci to this last week’s donors:
Juni Buchner
Kurt Thum

We hope to see you again at City Garage once this is over. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.



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“Patriot Act: A Reality Show.”
Friday, May 22 8:00pm through Sunday May 24th at midnight
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A million dollars to the most patriotic man or woman in America—and America does the voting! Do you love your country? Do you stand united? Do you support our troops? Do you have what it takes to make it to the final round?

In this edgy political drama, a right wing “patriot” believes he’s auditioning for a new reality show on Fox only to be plunged into an Orwellian nightmare. He reports to a testing center for his final casting interview. There are a lot of forms to fill out. Then there’s his psychological profile, his medical testing, and his background check. The questions never seem to stop. Some of them seem awfully personal, some of them almost seem like an invasion of privacy. Don’t worry, his interviewers assure him. It’s all part of the process. All part of getting selected for the most exciting new reality show in America…

“Patriot Act is a very simple piece of political theater but not a simplistic one. Like the would-be contestant, we don’t realize until it’s too late that each of the man’s answers to his interviewers’ questions has clicked a lock on his freedom. The frightening thing is that no matter what replies the man (or we) supplies, the judges are likely to interpret them as unreliable and persuade their prisoner that even if he were innocent of any suspected wrongdoing, it is in the country’s best interests that he go along with whatever the government declares as truth….Patriot Act is not at all a disposable piece of agitprop likely to fade with the legislation for which it is named. It is a peculiar examination of gullible America’s trust in authority that finds us fatally incurious about the matter.”
–LA Weekly

Winner of the 2004 Fratti-Newman Award in New York for political Playwriting.