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August 31, 2004 > Save the World!

Save the World!

by Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson

"It's Never Too Late to Save the World," and now is the time to start proclaims Joanie McGowan, comedienne, former radio announcer and political activist. Her production of the same name has been traveling the country and is making its way to Niles Hall in September.

The play opens with McGowan having a lovely dream about the perfect life when she is rudely awakened by an "End of the World Alert" from Fox McFearlips of the American Spellcasting Network. What does she do? Who does she blame? What does she WEAR?

These questions and others are pondered as McGowan plays The Blame Game, a board game that can result in blaming just about anyone, including Democrats, Republicans, and aliens.

What sets McGowan's show apart from other politically-themed fair is her non-partisanship. Neither strictly conservative nor liberal sentiment is exhibited during this political performance.

The talented troupe, made up of McGowan, Carolyn Hitt, Patrick Hicks and Katherine Lewis, are dedicated to making sure that they do their part to alter the course of the earth's future.

"It's Never Too Late to Save the World," and McGowan believes the way to start is at the polls. The group is not in it to sway voters; only to get them voting, plain and simple.

"We realized this show was built for the election year," says McGowan.

The show has evolved over the past year and half evolving to fit the ever-changing political climate, yet the message remains the same. McGowan says that the show is quick forty-minutes for three main reasons-"to grab people's attention, give them an opportunity to laugh about what's going on and believe that there is a solution and, after the show, discuss ideas and viewpoints.

During the after-show discussion, McGowan and company do their best to get their audience excited about the upcoming election by examining the current political climate and leading all in a rendition of the show's theme song.

McGowan tries her best to keep ticket prices at a modest ten dollars so that as many people as possible will see the show. The affordable prices lead the group to rely on their merchandise to continue on from town to town. A popular item up for sale is the "It's Never Too Late to Save the World" t-shirt which, McGowan has heard, "is a better chick-magnet than a puppy."

The troupe, in conjunction with the Center Theater Preservation Group, rolls into the Tri-City Area on Tuesday, September 20th. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. at Niles Hall 37279 Niles Boulevard, Fremont and is a mere $10. For advance tickets e-mail or visit the website

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