Touchstone Theatre to Present ‘Dictators 4 Dummies’ this April

South Bethlehem’s Touchstone Theatre isn’t afraid to use satire to address controversy and make audiences think. Beginning on April 5 and continuing for two weekends, they’ll have another opportunity to do just that.

Touchstone will present “Dictators 4 Dummies,” an original musical comedy that the theatre best describes as “a satirical send-up of the art of tyranny.” Directed by Touchstone ensemble member and Moravian College theatre professor Christopher Shorr,

Dictators 4 Dummies

Pictured: Touchstone Theatre ensemble members Christopher Shorr and Jp Jordan.

How was the concept hatched? According to, it all started in 2014 when “Shorr conceived of an open-ended artistic project, then titled ‘The Fascist Playbook,’ following a conversation with a Hungarian colleague about the rise of fascism in her country. All the warning signs she shared seemed so obvious – didn’t people recognize what was happening? Last year, Shorr started turning the project into a musical for an American audience. Now a 90-minute dark comedy, featuring Christopher alongside fellow Ensemble Members Jp Jordan, Mary Wright, and Emma Ackerman, Dictators 4 Dummies explores the common tactics of authoritarian regimes and the importance of resisting the rise of would-be dictators.”

“Dictators 4 Dummies” premieres Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m., with additional showings at the same time on Friday, April 6 (right after #LVUFirstFriday invades Fig Bethlehem night); Saturday, April 7; Thursday, April 12; Friday, April 13; and Saturday, April 14. Matinee showings will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 and Sunday, April 15. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and “pay what you will” as available at the door on Thursday nights. For more information, visit Touchstone Theatre online.

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