Players Workshop will open the hilarious political satire The Outsider by Paul Slade Smith in Dec.  at the Workshop, 1431 Grove St., Burlington. It will run  Dec. 3-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., and on Dec. 5 and 12 at 2:00 p.m.  The box office opens at 7:00 p.m., except for matinees, when the box office opens at noon. The play is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (

            The Outsider, which “skewers politics and celebrates democracy,” will have audiences rolling as it shares the story of Ned Newley, possibly the worst candidate to ever run for a political office—unless, of course, people are looking for the worst person ever to run for political office!  Broadway World called it an “insightful, witty satire about modern American politics. Funny, timely, and - dare we say - entirely possible . . . .”

            The cast for the show is as follows:  Wade O’Neal portrays the hapless Newley, the reluctant candidate who is “book smart” but totally clueless about people.  Jadi Ziovi of Dallas City is Paige Caldwell, a professional pollster who sees politics as a “series of contests to be won.”  Playing Dave Riley, Newley’s earnest, but politically naïve, chief of staff, is Tim Lundgren. Anna Short plays executive assistant Louise Peakes, a woefully inept, but very confident “temp.” Chad Bird portrays Arthur Vance, one of the most experienced and successful political consultants in the country.  Jody Ellison, Carthage, returns to the PW stage as Rachel Parsons, an inquisitive TV reporter sent to interview Newley, and Kevin Gobble rounds out the cast as A. C. Petersen, the TV cameraman who has a “low tolerance for idiocy.”

            Director of PW’s The Outsider is Libba Flores; assistant director is Jayne Gobble, and Carol Hinkle is producing.

            The author, Paul Slade Smith, is a writer and actor based in Brooklyn, New York. His play Unnecessary Farce won 9 regional theatre awards, and The Outsider, originally produced at Peninsula Players Theatre in Wisconsin, earned 7 Milwaukee Awards nominations and won 3 including Best Play of 2015. 

            Following CDC recommendations, masks will again be required and social distancing observed.

         For more information go to the Players Workshop Facebook page, or call the workshop at 753-6623; if you have a specific question, call the Players Workshop President at 319-750-6046. 

         Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization.

Show times:

Evening shows start at 7:30 PM.

Sunday matinee shows start at 2:00 PM.

Box office opens 90 minutes before showtime. Auditorium opens 30 minutes before showtime.