CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY is not an anti-Tea Party play.
CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY is not a pro-Tea Party play.
CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY is about one person’s journey across America exploring the question, “Who are these people?”
CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY is a documentary-style play by Rich Orloff about a New York liberal playwright who decides to travel around the country interviewing leaders of local Tea Party groups, to get to know people whose political beliefs are diametrically opposed to his. For a year the playwright attended Tea Party meetings and events in cities large and small in every region of the country.
CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY shapes the highlights of over 63 hours of interviews plus notes from events the playwright attended to create a play that strives to go beyond soundbites and stereotypes to show the people behind the politics.
In a journey that’s at times disturbing, humorous, moving, and always thought-provoking, the playwright discovers not only how and if he can affect the people he meets, but also how they may be influencing him.
Everything the interviewees say in the play come directly from the interviews.
A finalist for both the Woodward/Newman New Play Award and the NuVoices New Play Prize.