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‘Election Day’ continues at OutCast in Langley

Ethan Berkley is the tree-hugging Edmund in
Ethan Berkley is the tree-hugging Edmund in 'Election Day,' an OutCast Production opening Friday, March 23 at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley.
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Enter at your own risk. Molotov cocktails, handcuffs, eggplant and dismemberment are involved.

It’s Election Day, and Adam knows his over-zealous girlfriend will never forgive him if he fails to vote. But when his sex-starved sister, an eco-terrorist, and a mayoral candidate willing to do anything for a vote all show up, Adam finds that making that quick trip to the polls might be harder than he thought.

“Election Day” is playwright Josh Tobiessen’s dark comedy about the price of political (and personal) campaigns and the next show to open in OutCast Productions’ second season.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Island County Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building in Langley.

Directed by Ned Farley, the five-person play seemed the perfect fit for a theater company with a mission to keep things on the edge.

“Once I read the script I knew it would be a good fit for us,” Farley said.

“It is a fast-paced dark comedy that really sheds light on the superficiality of so many political campaigns that we witness on an on-going basis in our country. How politicians are willing to say anything — sell themselves for a vote just to gain notoriety — often with outcomes that don’t really work in their favor in the long run. Throw in a bumbling eco-terrorist ‘group’ and you have a great satire on the U.S. political game we see every two years,” he added.

Farley said once he reads an inspiring script he knows immediately how he’ll stage it.

He’s put together a youthful ensemble with Cameron Gray as Adam, Ahna Dunn-Wilder as Brenda, Noelle Weiner as Cleo, Ethan Berkley as Edmund and Nate Edmiston as Clark.

“I’m thrilled with my cast,” Farley said.

“It’s so nice to be working with such an enthusiastic group who are really into making this a success. I really think our OutCast patrons will enjoy this play; not to mention it is an election year.”

Farley said he thinks this sharp-witted political romp is a great way to get into the spirit of the upcoming American presidential election.

“After all, watching the news coverage of this current campaign year has proven to be pretty darn funny all on its own,” he added.

The play runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, March 23 to 31 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.

Buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.

 

 

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