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Patriot Act (FringeNYC)

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Mike Schlitt wants to restore your faith in American Democracy. He claims he can do it in 47 minutes. Come celebrate American exceptionalism and limited attention spans, then activate your citizenship - join the "Raucous Caucus". Art! Advocacy! Action! (+ puppets) More…

Categories: Performance Art, Solo Show, National.

PATRIOT ACT Presidential Road Trip 2016…Live! is one disgruntled American’s bold attempt to experience democracy in action. In 2016, Mike Schlitt embarks upon a national electoral listening tour, traveling the country as we select our next President. It’s an experiment in performance, journalism, civic participation, and intimately sane conversations in (sometimes) insane circumstances. Through radio commentary, public debate, podcasts, democracy salons, voter registration drives and a live interactive performance of the show PATRIOT ACT, Mike is exploring our shared histories, learning what the 99% think of our Democratic process, and figuring out exactly what it means to be an American citizen today.

PATRIOT ACT is a comedic theatrical roller-coaster ride through United States’ history, an exploration of the gap between the promise of our American idea and it’s flawed execution and an invitation for audiences to activate their citizenship and let their voices be heard. Writer/Performer Mike Schlitt calls his interactive theatrical event “everything you’ll ever need to know about American Democracy in just 47 minutes + puppets”. Immediately following his solo performance, audiences are invited to address complex questions on activism, democracy and governance in a free-wheeling “Raucous Caucus”. This intimate evening of performance and social engagement aims to create public conversation about the role of each citizen in determining the future of our country.

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” -Winston Churchill

Written & Performed by two-time FringeNYC award winning Solo Performer Mike Schlitt
Spin Doctors: Michael John Garces & Mark Valdez
Campaign Managers: Ashley Sparks & Kevin Corstange
Coalition Advisor: Tracy Young Image Consultant: Shawn Stoner

Member Reviews (7)


Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent
Avg Score

Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if interested in light discussion about democracy, with audience participation, cutesy interruptions and the occasional use of dolls

Don't see it if you might be critical of a somewhat unfocused event where after a few questions the speaker assumes he made a dent in your perception.

Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like combining history lessons with entertaining storytelling

Don't see it if You are hoping for a straightforward plot or any type of traditional theatre.

Funny, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You want to think, laugh or really talk politics to the person next to you at a show

Don't see it if You can't listen to other people's thoughts about politics and America.

Absorbing, Hilarious, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love a clever take on American history; you need inspiration despite the 2016 election; you love audience participation!

Don't see it if No excuses. See it if you can!

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in American history, are a Patriot, love John Adams and Thimas Jefferson.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the above.

Thought-provoking, Original, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are interested in history, politics, the United States, theatre, having a laugh and a good night out.

Don't see it if You're not interested in the above.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Clever, Inspiring

See it if you're interested in history & politics and you're wrestling with where the country may (or may not) be headed right now.

Don't see it if you're not interested in any of these things.

August 24th, 2016
"A cheerfully intelligent solo piece...A natural storyteller with an abundance of wit and energy, the writer-performer has a knack for making the past feel up-to-date. In Schlitt’s hands, arguments about civil rights and liberties become engagingly noisy debates. Emphasizing that politics should ...
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August 25th, 2016
"Schlitt has an extraordinary sense for straddling the line between genuine connection and performativity. The audience cares about him, and it’s clear he cares about us...The show establishes an open conversation between audience and performer, patriot and government…I went into this show antici...
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August 29th, 2016
"A natural raconteur, he chats with the audience about the great American patriots of yesteryear...Two founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, get the lion's share of attention here. But Schlitt never gets too pedantic or stuffy about their contrasting philosophies…It might be too poli...
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