Cal Chandlers candidacy is either a political consultants greatest challenge or his worst nightmare. Chandler is coasting by on his family name but is clueless about governing. He lies and cheats and breaks the law. But top political consultant Russ Schriefer, who has worked on the campaigns of George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and, currently, Chris Christie, decided to take him on anyway, crafting his media campaign, complete with patriotic ads and yard signs.
Why havent Chandlers antics vaulted him past Donald Trump as the political spectacle of the month? Because Chandler is the main character in The Fix, a musical by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe opening Tuesday at Signature Theatre. Its a comedy about the dark side of political ambition think Veep President Selina Meyer meets flawed but well-meaning House of Cards Rep. Peter Russo.
When the theaters creative team needed help making Chandlers campaign look real, they didnt have to look very far: Schriefer, a longtime theater fan, serves on the Signature board.
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