Our production of these plays may be delayed, but we can start the conversation. 
TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers

During October 2020, TimeLine offered public programs and related web and social media content inspired by Campaigns, Inc., a world premiere production that had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Previously scheduled to open the 2020-21 season, Campaigns, Inc. is a political story that goes behind-the-scenes of a 1934 campaign, revealing a notable early example of “fake news” and how it has come to impact our political arena now.

Events and resources included:

A Conversation Inspired by Campaigns, Inc.

Wednesday, October 21  |  7:30pm – 9pm

This FREE & one-night-only event was presented live on YouTube, and an edited version (without the scenes from the play) is now available to view below.

This live virtual event featured playwright Will Allan, dramaturg Maren Robinson and special guest Jessica Lee (Snopes.com) in a panel discussion exploring a notable early example of “fake news” and how we got from there to today’s political climate. Introduced by director Nick Bowling and moderated by TimeLine Company Member Anish Jethmalani, the live event also featured scenes from the play performed by members of the cast.

A Dramaturgical Approach to Fake News

Tuesdays, October 13 & October 20 | 6pm – 7:30pm

In these days of “fake news,” click-bait, and news bubbles, the ability to be a critical consumer of media is more essential than ever. This two-part workshop led by Campaigns, Inc. dramaturgs Maren Robinson and Katie Jacobsen trained students in a variety of techniques for analyzing pieces of media in this election year, covering topics such as media ownership, journalistic good practice, distinguishing opinion programs, satire, bias, and fact-checking tools. The course covered the history of news manipulation, and offer tools and practice that gave participants greater confidence as they navigate today’s media landscape.

in partnership with BottlesUp! Chicago

Wednesday, October 28  |  7pm

In honor of Campaigns, Inc., TimeLine was pleased to partner with Lakeview East’s BottlesUp! for a Red State / Blue State Take Home Tasting event.

If you weren’t able to join for the tasting, you can still learn about all of the featured wine through video of the Zoom gathering below, featuring host and BottlesUp! owner Melissa Zeman. We sampled wines from Texas and New York, plus enjoyed a bonus spirit (Mezcal!) as we celebrated democracy and made our plans to vote. Mention TimeLine Theatre or Campaigns, Inc. at BottlesUp! through the month of November 2020 to save 10% OFF your order!

Explore Our Historical Timeline of Fake News

Your Campaigns, Inc. Reading List

Looking to add to your reading list? Complement our Campaigns, Inc. public programs with these book recommendations, compiled by playwright Will Allan and shared on our blog Behind the ‘Line.

Campaigns, Inc. Reading List