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A few actually came, HB-1 says, and none of them left during the performance.
Its dangerous to do this show. Weve gotten death threats, especially during the convention.
I ask who wrote the show, or if it was developed collectively.
It was written by the American people, HB-1 replies.
I think theyre terrified of jeopardizing their FCC license, explains HB-1. People on the left assume were working for the right. Such paranoia. Youre here to make the left look bad, they say. As if the left needs any help.
We got taken to some police headquarters, he says. We sat in a cell overnight. They had nothing. (For a charge of threatening the presidents life to stick, that charge must be deemed serious.)
HB-1 was particularly moved by the support of Midwestern audiences when the actors were arrested. These politically active college students 5-foot girls from Minnesota they linked elbows as [the police] were putting us into the van. In New York and L.A., nobody stood up for us that way.
It made me nostalgic for the 60s, HB-1 remarks.
Were you even around in the 60s? I ask.
During the tour, we were infiltrated by an undercover cop, HB-1 adds. He asked a lot of questions, engaged in inappropriate behavior: gay baiting, making moves on the women. A loose cannon. He was a very bad undercover cop. We dropped him off in a bus station in Chicago, but not before giving him a lap dance from a hairy potbellied man in a Speedo.
But he went along with it, HB-2 pipes in. Even pretended to be drunk.
Is any of this actually true? I ask.
What I said about the Midwest audiences, HB-1 answers in a rare moment of seriousness. That actually happened.
ILF want to play in L.A. until they can raise enough money to do a red-state tour. In the meantime, theyre doing workshops in political theater for children in Echo Park and developing a new work in which they hope to team up with other theaters across the country to stage simultaneous food fights in Blockbuster video stores and fast-food outlets.
Not to mention our public-nudity campaign, adds HB-1.
Can you elaborate?
I think thats self-explanatory.
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