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Mike Daisey will perform his Donald Trump monologue in Chicago next month

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Kris Vire

Monologuist Mike Daisey will perform The Trump Card, his new piece about the Republican presidential candidate, for one night only at the Athenaeum Theatre on October 15—before handing the script over to a trio of top Chicago actors, who will perform the piece up through election night at Theater Wit.

Theater Wit had announced last month that it would be staging The Trump Card, which Daisey has released “open source” style for royalty-free production, from October 5 to November 8. But with Daisey himself now coming to Chicago (he's been booking dates around the country since debuting The Trump Card, in which he uses Trump's penchant for false statements to also address his own This American Life scandal, earlier this year in Washington, D.C. and New York), Wit will restrict itself to the three weeks between Daisey's appearance and the election, with three Chicago actors each taking a week of performances: Elizabeth Ledo (October 18–23), Joe Foust (October 25–30) and Steven Strafford (November 1–8). The final performance on election night, November 8, will also be a watch party for the election returns, with an open bar (we may need it).

Tickets for Daisey's October 15 performance at the Athenaeum run $35–$77 and will go on sale at 6pm today, via or the Athenaeum box office at 773-935-6875. Tickets for performances at Theater Wit October 18–November 8 are $25 and can be purchased at or via phone at 773-975-8150.

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