For families hoping to look beyond the two-party system, one more politician is up for consideration this election season—a duck. In the midst of other election-related activities this month (see sidebar, page 47), starting Oct. 12, Lifeline Theater, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, will present its theater adaptation of the book Duck for President.
"When else would you want to do Duck for President but during the presidential election?" says story adaptor Jim Grote.
The story revolves around an ambitious, yet troublemaking duck who decides to run for farmer. He wins, but when he discovers how much work it takes, he runs for governor. Upon discovering that this job is too much work as well, he decides to run for president. Adults may find common themes that tie into the real election, with close races, false campaign promises, television ads and debates.
Grote says the play does help kids understand the election process. "Getting out and voting is important," he says. "Getting kids that message early and teaching them about the process and having them be aware of how it works hopefully helps to create interested, intelligent and excited voters in the future."
Tickets, which cost $12, can be purchased at the Lifeline box office, (773) 761-4477. Pay-what-you-can tickets will be available a half hour before show times, depending on availability. Performances are at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 30.