When playwright Karla Jennings saw a 2008 TV interview with Sarah Palin that featured a man slaughtering turkeys in the background, she cracked up at the ridiculousness of it. And then she got inspired: Within a week, the Georgia-based writer had penned the first draft of her satirical play, Whacking the Turkey. The work found a home when Jennings sent a copy to the And Toto Too Theatre Company in Denver, which produces new works by female playwrights.
The play stars the Palin-inspired president America Bible Spice, who is elected in an American Idol-style competition and subsequently wreaks havoc on the country. You could call this a piece of science fiction, because it tells us the future, says Jennings. Sort of. In Jenningss not-so-distant future, Canada is planning to take over America, and President Spice gleefully passes a law that prohibits people from attaining anything higher than a bachelors degree.
It doesnt lampoon the Republicans, explains Jennings. It lampoons the lunatic fringe that is trying to take over the Republican Party.
2701 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO 80205
Category: Community Venues
Region: Downtown Denver
Whacking the Turkey will be presented at the Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence Street, through November 12, with performances on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. To buy tickets ($11 on Wednesday, $20-$22 Thursday-Saturday), call 720-280-7058 or visit www.andtototoo.org or www.theatermania.com.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 20. Continues through Nov. 12, 2011