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Play brings city council meetings to life

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City council meetings aren't exactly known for being good entertainment but this weekend, there will be a meeting that may be worth attending.

A play, called City Council Meeting, will be performed at ASU Gammage on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The play is mainly fictional but included in the script are transcripts from real council meetings.

The idea all started with Aaron Landsman, the co-creator of the play, when he was dragged to a city council meeting in Portland, OR about four years ago.

"Someone told me it was going to be hot because it was going to be about zoning and I thought hot and zoning are not things that I associate together," said Landsman.

Landsman said the meeting turned out to be interesting so he started attending city council meetings from New York City to Houston to Tempe. He said he became obsessed with the real theater that unfolded during these meetings.

"There's a place for the slightly crazy person who needs an outlet. There's also a place for a huge power broker ... and everyone kind of in the space of the meeting ... everyone has a certain kind of equality," added Landsman.

So Landsman wrote a script, including his own original writings and also transcripts from city council meetings. The play is actually a participatory performance so people in the audience will act out some of the characters.

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