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

This fall, TimeLine is offering 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 and be running now, 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. LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMPAIGNS, INC.

Here is a list of planned events:

A Dramaturgical Approach to Fake News

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

All class sessions will take place virtually via Zoom video conference.
Cost: $40 (inclusive of all fees)

Campaigns, Inc. dramaturgs Maren Robinson and Katie Jacobsen

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 trains 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. We’ll cover the history of news manipulation, and offer tools and practice that will give participants greater confidence as they navigate today’s media landscape. LEARN MORE …

A Conversation Inspired by Campaigns, Inc.

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

FREE and one-night-only, live on YouTube

Set in 1934, Campaigns, Inc. follows The Jungle novelist Upton Sinclair as he is challenged in his bid to be the first Democratic governor of California, exposing a timely true story about the power that persuasion, deceit, and perception hold in the U.S. electoral system. This live virtual event will feature scenes from the play performed by members of the cast, plus a conversation moderated by TimeLine Company Member Anish Jethmalani with playwright Will Allan, dramaturg Maren Robinson, and other special guests exploring a notable early example of “fake news” and how we got from there to today’s political climate. LEARN MORE …

in partnership with BottlesUp! Chicago

Wednesday, October 28  |  7pm – 7:30pm

$10 for take-home tasting kit (limited supplies available)

FREE to attend Zoom conversation with BottlesUp! experts

In honor of Campaigns, Inc., TimeLine is pleased to partner with Lakeview East’s BottlesUp! for a Red State / Blue State Take Home Tasting event. Sample wines from Texas and New York, plus enjoy a bonus spirit (Mezcal!) as we celebrate democracy and make our plans to vote. Sign up to pick-up your pre-packaged flight at the shop (located at 3164 N. Broadway in Chicago), or just plan to attend the free Zoom gathering to hear about the wines. LEARN MORE …

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Our exploration Campaigns, Inc. will also include related blog posts and social media content, including a series of voter education and get-out-the-vote messages in advance of the November 3 election. For updated details, stay tuned here or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@TimeLineTheatre).