I really enjoyed Mike Schlitt’s Jesus Ride at Hollywood Fringe 2013. He returns to the stage this Fringe with Patriot Act in what can be described as a participatory seminar/lecture/Ted Talk-style/theatre experiment aimed at [re]igniting discussions around patriotism, civic duty and how to address what we perceive to be what ails America.
FULL REVIEW at http://seeitorskipitla.tumblr.com/post/145977299452/hff16-review-patriot-act...
Mr Schlitt's advertising expertise served him well in prepping his Fringe advertising---it enticed me! The reality, though, was that his audience was primarily a few personal friends---and me---and after a timed monologue of 47-minutes he didn't DELIVER a solution, but SOLICITED one! His History lesson taught me a few things I didn't know, but did NOT include the word or the concept "Republic"! He's intermittently entertaining, but FAR from an objective observer, and seems to define 200 years of American history entirely in terms of Slavery! ...
Less play than town hall meeting, writer and performer Mike Schlitt voices his concerns for the country and shares some of his appreciable knowledge of the nation’s history before bringing the audience on stage to discuss methods of preserving the republic. Granted, not theatre, but definitely theatrical and very definitely needed in this time of ours. For that: HONORARY MENTION-SILVER
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