democracy in america!

The fantastic Annie Dorsen (she most recently directed and guided the development of Stew’s outstanding Passing Strange, which was at both Berkeley Rep and the Public) is finally doing a project she’s had in the works for years–adapting to stage (conceptually, of course) de Toqueville’s Democracy in America.

It begins with this, at Joe’s Pub in NYC, this coming Monday, November 26.

[Annie] auctions off Democracy in America, the first performance piece in which the consumers are the creators. Make a bid for your wildest ideas to be included in this pop-political extravaganza — buy a dance, a song, or the very first word of the show — then see it onstage at the show’s premiere in April, 2008. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of the largest collaboration in theatre history.

Apparently, the website ( will let you buy online as well. I will certainly be ready to buy.

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