Fun House Theatre and Film presents Old McDonald’s Farm: A Children’s Fable About the Obama Presidency
When Old McDonald (George W. Bush) leaves the farm in the charge of New McDonald (Barack Obama) the concept of change causes the animals to react in very different ways. From conservative cows to liberal sheep, a conspiracy theorist goat to a patriotic pig family, when this new era for the farm is ushered in they must all find their place in it. Where does the hard working horse fit among a new wave of immigrant squirrels and mice? What happens when the Fox (Fox News) escalates the bumps in the road on the way to progress? What about the fear inducing wolf always at bay (the threat of terrorism), what will New McDonald do about that?
Through the use of allegorical symbolism, political satire and even a bit of schtick, Jeff Swearingen weaves a story that strips away the identities of our political figures, removes our cultural stigmas and takes our modern problems out of the human realm to get to the core of what is behind our differences, what motivates our reactions and forms our opinions and what happens to us as a society when common ground becomes more and more illusive.