Vote for Gracie: Humor and Politics DO mix!
Even if you aren't old enough to remember the amazing George Burns and Gracie Allen skits, if you enjoy a good laugh, you are going to love this show!
In 1940, the United States was just emerging from the shadow of the Great Depression and war loomed in Europe. Politics were front and center for most Americans, Into these serious times stepped Gracie Allen, part of the popular comic duo Burns and Allen, who launched a campaign for president.
Allen's Surprise Party began as a publicity stunt, and Gracie popped up to make frequent and unexpected "campaign stops" on other popular radio programs of the day (including The Jack Benny Program and Fibber McGee and Molly) while stumping on the nutty-pine platform of the "Surprise" Party. A few of her ideas for the country were:
- Put Congress on a commission basis. Whenever the country prospered, Congress would get ten percent of the additional take.
- Extend Civil Service to all branches of government, because “a little politeness goes a long way.”
During a whistle-stop tour across the country the campaign took on a life of its own. Although her campaign wasn't serious, Allen received thousands of votes as well as the endorsement of Harvard University students. Allen's campaign was characterized by her wit, double-talk and sharp puns. As a matter of record, on Election Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt won the presidential race.
Paul Roder as George Burns and Maille O'Brien as Gracie Allen along with the supporting cast bring to life skits from the original Burns and Allen radio and television shows of the 1950's. Join us as we enjoy a visit to the days of great comeday, one-liners, and hints of vaudeville with this new show, written and directed by Hillsboro's own Norma Hill.
We look forward to seeing you on opening night!