CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY has had readings at 15 theaters around the country, getting such audience responses as:

at Gablestage in Miami:
“It’s a very important and impressive play.”
“You gave them faces.  It’s a journey to some nugget of understanding.”
“It’s very human; it’s very balanced.”

at Theatre Actors Studio in Phoenix:

“You’ve created an intelligent play about a significant subject.”
“It asks the questions I want to know.”
“What you are developing is very important and can fill a huge void in the political noise.  You are opening a ‘Communication Bridge’.”
(Pat Shaler, vice president, Tea Party Scottsdale)

at the Telluride Playwrights Festival in Colorado:

“surprisingly funny and moving”
“insightful without being ‘inciteful’“

at Clockwise Theatre, north of Chicago:
“It made you think and it was entertaining.”
“I loved it.  It was an enlightenment.”
“I was a Tea Party person.  You did a good job; you were fair.”

at Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers, Florida:
“a fresh perspective; I couldn’t stop listening”
“For me this was more about human nature than politics.”
“It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s all those things you want in a play.”

at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia:
“I’m delighted you did it.  I don’t know any play that deals with the Tea Party this way.”
“I liked that the playwright tried to humanize the Tea Party.  I also hated the playwright for the same reason.”
“You really told a real story.”

at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota:
“I loved the humor and good will in exploring the subject.”
“We got to explore the human element we don’t see on TV.”
“I like that it challenged my preconceived notions of who the Tea Party is.”

at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga
“For anyone interested in the future of our country.  All types of political peeps should see it.”
(a self-described liberal)
“The play touches on various points in the American psyche; it was really compelling.”
(a self-described moderate)
“Thank you.  I thought you did an excellent job.”
(a local Tea Party leader)

at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey:

“I was engaged all the way through”
“very interesting and very balanced”
“I thought you did a very good job.”
(These comments came from members of New Jersey Tea Party groups.)

at WorkShop Theater Company in New York:
“engaging along the way and thought-provoking afterwards”
“a very human message and a great universality”
“intimate and revealing, peppered with levity”
(a very liberal crowd)

at Paradigm Access Theatre in Sheboygan, Wisconsin:
“It was thought-provoking, and more importantly, you humanized them.”
“I think the humor is what made it.  It was a vital component.”
“It was very real, and it opened my eyes.”

at Geva Theatre, Rochester NY:
“You seemed to understand the Tea Party mentality even if you didn’t agree with it.”
(a local Tea Party member)
“I really liked the play; it talks to how we talk to each other.”
(a liberal theatergoer)
“I thought it was extremely enlightening.”
(a local city councilman)

at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte:

“Liberal or conservative, you will learn something.”
(a local Tea Party member)
“It’s a wonderful play; it’s a very courageous play.”
(a liberal)
“That was awesome.”
(a college student)

at Asylum Theatre in Las Vegas:

“For the first time I understand why the Tea Party has so much influence.”
“I’m really inspired by it; it opens up the dialogue.”
“It’s very relevant, and it will stay relevant.”

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