Philadelphia is set to host a festival meant to broaden the horizons of theater performers and actors alike, and with the media spectacle that was the United States General Elections now over, it comes as no surprise that it falls to local theaters to put into art what has become the liberal-conservative divide.
West Philadelphia playwright and director Cara Blouin was watching a satirical play about torture when she had a revelation: Why do theater people so often assume audiences share their liberal values?
From that moment sprung Blouin's latest brainstorm, the Republican Theater Festival. It explores conservative ideas through the medium of theater.
A self-described independent "leaning liberal right now," Blouin has invited the elephants into the room in the hope that Democrats and Republicans will at least try to understand one another.
"The Republican Theater Festival isn't about changing the way people vote. It's about changing the way that we listen," she explains in a promotional video for the event, which runs Nov. 12 to 14 as part of the American Presidency series at Plays & Players Theatre.