An Iowa native has written a play that takes a humorous look at the Iowa Caucuses and the spotlight shown on the state very four years. John Robert Ford drew inspiration for "Caucus, the musical" from his own Hawkeye state experience and the "circus like atmosphere" in growing up with the caucuses. Ford sat down six or seven years ago and wrote the musical. Ford says his writing ended up being a bit of a look into the future.
Ford says it’s scary that some the fictional characters he wrote into the play several years ago have become reality this year, including:an African American candidate, a female candidate, a candidate that’s being scrutinized over past marriages, and a fictional war. Ford says you don’t have to be a caucus veteran to understand the play.
"I think it’s for both the Iowans and the visitors to our state right now,"Ford days. He says Iowans will see the humor in it, while others will learn something about the process that "Iowa endures every four years and what the caucus process is really like." The musical is showing at the State Historical Museum Theater.
He says the play runs through January 13, which would originally have been the night before the caucuses, if the date hadn’t been moved up. The play runs every night but Monday’s and Tuesdays, with weekend matinees. Visit the play’s website for a show schedule. Go on-line at Iowatix.com , or call for tickets at 515-277-3727.