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!