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Audiences and critics can't get enough of Will Allan's high-octane, screwball comedy, CAMPAIGNS, INC. This World Premiere directed by Nick Bowling takes us inside the groundbreaking 1934 race for the governor of California where two unknown consultants launched the largest smear campaign ever seen, a move that led to the birth of 'fake news.' Featuring Tyler Meredith*, Yuriy Sardarov, Terry Hamilton*, Anish Jethmalani*, Dave Honigman, David Parkes, and Jacqueline Grandt.

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Take a look at the wild antics of Will Allan's election season comedy directed by Nick Bowling.

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Political consultants Baxter (Tyler Meredith*) and Whitaker (Yuriy Sardarov) layout their 'unique' campaign strategy on beating Upton Sinclair to incumbent Frank Merriam (Terry Hamilton*) and running partner George Hatfield (Mark Ulrich*) in this sneak peek snippet from Will Allan's CAMPAIGNS, INC.

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Upton Sinclair (Anish Jethmalani*) and his friend Charlie Chaplin (Dave Honigman) attempt to figure out how to combat a slanderous smear campaign set to destroy his bid for the Governor of California in this sneak peek snippet from Will Allan's CAMPAIGNS, INC.

The Journey from THE JUNGLE to "The Swamp"

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 7:30pm - 9pm (CDT) we held a live conversation inspired by TimeLine’s world premiere production of CAMPAIGNS, INC. by Will Allan, directed by Nick Bowling. Even though the production has been postponed, we can still start the conversation! Set in 1934, 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.” 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 event when aired featured scenes from the play performed by members of the original cast. Due to our agreement with Actors' Equity Association, however, those scenes have been removed from this version of the broadcast.

Setting the Stage: CAMPAIGNS, INC.

Get a look at the inspiration of this piece with playwright Will Allan.

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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  • Distanced Performances of CAMPAIGNS, INC.
    Sunday, August 21 & Thursday, September 1

    These performances have a capacity cap and seating chart.

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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 16 at 8pm

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

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  • How to Vote for the Best Candidate for YOU
    September 17 at 11am CDT

    A free virtual discussion and event perfect for election season

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