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.
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