From August through December, several local theater companies present the first Political Theatre Festival of St. Louis, a program of plays specifically chosen for their political content. The idea is to use the arts, specifically the stage, to get people talking and thinking about how politics factors into daily life. And yes, the timing of the festival leading into the midterm elections is no coincidence. The cast and crews of these companies are presenting an alternative to what passes for political discourse in the mass-media age. Instead of paid pundits and talking heads arguing from a list of talking points on the topic of economic reform, consider the view of subsistence-level economics presented... More >>>