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The Capitol Steps Brings Political Satire to Frostburg State University
09/24/2008

A presidential election year means more than just a busy time for the media, gossip columnists and political pundits. It’s a prime time to enjoy the satiric parodies and comedy of The Capitol Steps. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the tri-state region will have the chance to laugh at national politics, regardless of party affiliation, when the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series brings The Capitol Steps to the Pealer Recital Hall in the FSU Performing Arts Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who at a Christmas party set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”). Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent over 60 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. They have since become a Washington, D.C., institution whose slogan is “We put the Mock in Democracy.”

The Capitol Steps have recorded 28 albums. Their latest, “Campaign and Suffering,” stars the men and women who would be president: McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Thompson, Giuliani, Obama, Edwards, Clinton, Kucinich and more. Their song parodies and skits have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on national Public Radio’s “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

Tickets for the FSU performance are $25 for adults and $18 for youth under 17. Group discount tickets are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at ces.frostburg.edu or by calling 301-687-3137.

The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. MSAC funding is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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