As the world grows increasingly connected via real-time technology, the 24-hour news cycle has never been so in demand. Patiently measured updates have been rendered archaic by an expectation for instantaneously breaking news. For political junkies, such technology has provided an endless fix, a disorienting whirlwind of talking heads vehemently arguing over virtually every conceivable topic: war, financial reform, health care, ecological disasters, corporate favors, Tea Party rallies, and a queasy parade of politicians whose aspirations for high office have been derailed by sordid scandals. The noise is amplified by rhetorical pronouncements and righteous posturing, so it's no wonder so many people tune out entirely. Even the most politically apathetic, however, are likely to get a charge from Box Wine Theatre's Raucous Caucus: 10-Minute Political Play Festival. The festival features a diverse lineup of work from such emerging playwrights as K. Biadaszkiewicz, Sam Graber, Anil Hurkadli, Stacey Lane, Adam Sharp, and D. Richard Tucker. The subjects of each play are as varied as the styles on display. Whether satiric skewering or poignant recitation, each work strives to make sense of the prevailing political bedlam. The 10-minute format further ensures a strong response, mirroring the segmented structure of cable news, albeit with far more insightful creativity and without commercial breaks.
Thu., Jan. 6, 7 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 12, 7 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 20, 7 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., 2011