Planet Washington: Political Satire With Piano Accompaniment
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Celebrate Emily Dickinson's 183rd birthday with Peter Gizzi (Threshold Songs), a poet who has been called Dickinson's modern-day heir. Gizzi will be discussing the great American poet's legacy, in addition to reading from his own work. Hovering between grief and joy, the abstract and the concrete, Gizzi's poetry explores the hardships and pleasures in life. A former poetry editor for The Nation, Gizzi has garnered numerous awards and fellowships, and has taught at Brown and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Learn More
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Featured review from Celia
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This was a fun evening. The show was perfect for the intimate venue. It was engaging, fun and clever. A must see.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Great show! Potent! Pithy! Funny! And you have a better piano player than I do!” --Mark Russell
- “If laughter is the best medicine, Ken Rynne is a one-man Mayo Clinic!” --PBS NewsHour
- "If you think that inside the Beltway sometimes is a planet unto itself, this show is for you." --Boston Globe
What’s so funny about Washington, DC? If you have to ask, you haven’t been paying attention! But they have!
Ken Rynne is a writer and singer who came to DC from Boston and never left (they call it “Potomac fever”). He studied American government in college, had an internship through Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill’s office, and went on to law school. He studies policy like normal people study baseball box scores.
After studying government in theory and then actually experiencing it in practice working for Congress, moonlighting with The Capitol Steps, Ken had an overwhelming need to tell what he saw from a staff’s eye view – like the fellow with the broom who follows the elephants in the circus – and set it to music like his mentor and friend Mark Russell.
Frank Plumer is a gifted pianist and music teacher. He has a life. Like most Americans he thinks about politics about 20 minutes a year – and resents the intrusion. Frank is the “control group” in our little experiment here in the laboratory of democracy.
About the Ticket Supplier: Planet Washington
Planet Washington believes laughter is the best medicine and we need our Rx refilled on a daily basis. Even the lawyers. Especially the lawyers. Be fair &/or balanced. Roast but never burn. Never serve red wine with fish. Keep it clean. Funniest ex-lawyer & Capitol Hill intern Ken Rynne & pianist Frank Plumer spoof politics, pop culture, & all that passes for "news" in Washington, a planet unto itself, & beyond.