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World Premiere

August 3 - September 18, 2022

Based on the true story of Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker, who formed the first political consulting firm in U.S. history, Campaigns, Inc. is a hysterical and jaw-dropping inside look at the underbelly of politics through the lens of two of the undeniable founders of “fake news.”.”

IT IS 1934, and famous novelist Upton Sinclair is all but guaranteed to become the first Democratic governor of the state of California—until a young, unknown pair of consultants from the shadows of the challenger’s campaign attempt to take him down. As Frank Merriam and Sinclair battle it out in the spotlight—seeking endorsements from the likes of Charlie Chaplin and FDR—Baxter and Whitaker work behind-the-scenes to methodically construct one of the most spectacular, unbelievable, and star-studded smear campaigns ever.

This world premiere play was developed through TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective, launched in 2013 to support Chicago-based playwrights in residence and create new work centered on TimeLine’s mission. Campaigns, Inc. is the third play developed through the Collective to receive a full production, following Brett Neveu’s To Catch a Fish (2018) and Tyla Abercrumbie’s Relentless (TimeLine and Goodman Theatre, 2022). Campaigns, Inc. received its first public reading as part of our inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival in 2018.

Runs approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, with no intermission.

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Cast

Production Team

Understudies

* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Discussions & Events

  • CAMPAIGNS, INC.: Post-Show Discussions
    Various Dates

    Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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  • CAMPAIGNS, INC.: PRE-Show Discussions
    August 24 & September 4

    Join us for an informal sneak peek into this production with members of the production team.

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  • CAMPAIGNS, INC.: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, August 28 at 4pm

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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  • Open Captioned Performances of CAMPAIGNS, INC.
    September 9 at 8pm & September 10 at 4pm

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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  • CAMPAIGNS, INC.: Sunday Scholars
    Sunday, September 11 at 4pm

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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  • Audio Described Performance of CAMPAIGNS, INC.
    September 17 at 8pm

    Featuring audio description of visuals during the performance via individual headset.

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