Posts Tagged ‘John McCain’

Thank you!

November 3, 2008

An extra special thanks to everyone who helped with this weekend’s X-Play Edition at Round House Silver Spring. We’ll be posting a wrap-up soon with pictures and details about the performances

Meanwhile, DCist has listed the delicious multitude of free stuff you can get with your “I voted” sticker tomorrow. Coffee and Ice Cream and Tacos, oh my!

If you want to check out some politically charged theater this week, definitely head over to Georgetown for The Race, a plugged-in exploration of all the issues surrounding the election. The Washington Post published a great review today of this performance.

Do you wonder what our presidential candidates’ favorite books are? This New York Times article details which books Barack Obama and John McCain have kept on their bedside table.

And if you’re tired of hearing about the current election but still want to get a bit of history, check out this article about the new collection of songs about all 43 previous presidents, entitled “Of Great and Mortal Men”.

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1st Glimpse & Debate Wrap-Up

October 16, 2008

Hello, faithful XX followers!

Last night we had our 1st Glimpse for our upcoming show, Rock the Voting Bloc: X-Plays DC Edition 7.  Each of the playwrights revealed what they’ve been writing or thinking about and bounced ideas off of the group.  This XX edition focuses on the voters, so unconventional voting blocs and demographics will be getting the attention that they deserve.  The plays-in-progress showed a lot of humor, subtlety, and variety, and should inspire our audiences and our artists to participate in a lively discussion.  In the next few weeks, our writers will edit and alter their work, directors and actors will rehearse, and the final product will be presented on November 1st and 2nd at Round House Silver Spring

After the 1st Glimpse meeting, most of us stayed to watch the final Presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

The “winner” of the debate is still under discussion, but one thing is certain, Joe the Plumber was stealing the show. Joe Wurzelbacher from Ohio‘s name was bandied about by both candidates,  catapulting this man into the nation’s living rooms.  But who is this fellow? He’s not related to Joe Plummer, a drummer from Ontario. Nor is he related to the oft-referenced Joe Sixpack, who evidently has a site devoted to “reporting and drinking beer in Philly and beyond”. No, our Joe the Plumber has more scandalous relatives – most notably Charles Keating, former chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which collapsed in a 1989 scandal. The legal fallout and media coverage involved several Senators, including John McCain, who are commonly referred to as the Keating Five. Joe the Plumber himself has made some remarks that can be construed as scandalous; in a recent interview with Katie Couric he said that Obama had a “tap dance…almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.”

If you missed the debate, you can read the transcript here, or check out this interesting analysis of the candidates’ body language.

Later this week: local political theater and events, and more XX updates!

Convention-palooza

September 4, 2008

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, then you are probably aware that the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have been going on. One of the main highlights at both have been the Vice-Presidential picks.

In the blue corner we’ve got Joe Biden, who was our first profile of our Adopt-A-Candidate X Play Edition last November.  Biden’s experience as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and his years of experience in Congress are expected to fill the holes in Obama’s resume.

And in the red corner, John McCain announced Alaskan governor, former beauty pageant runner up and “hockey mom” Sarah Palin as his pick last Friday, throwing the nation into equal fits of loving fervor and fiery disdain. Opinions about Palin are deeply divided, ranging from people who think she’s a modern breath of fresh air for the party to those who think she’s disastrously unqualified.  Either way, there are already plenty of YouTube videos about her.