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May 22, 2008 1:24 PM

Former pol takes to the stage

Posted by David Postman

Former state Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn has found an artistic outlet for whatever leftover frustration she has from losing - by a lot - her 2004 race against Attorney General Rob McKenna. She’s putting on a show. It’s a one-woman show titled, Until the Last Dog Dies.

In a year bursting with politics see the action from the inside! Come see the hilarious and poignant story of the successful effort of evil outside interests to capture and control Washington’s 2004 race for attorney general. Written and performed by former Insurance Commissioner and Democratic nominee for attorney general Deborah Senn. Not all ex-politicians are put out to pasture — come see it to believe it.

The performance is next week at the Capitol Hill Arts Center.

There certainly were some memorable moments in the campaign, including improper hits against Senn from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. I don't know if that is the stuff of great theater.
CHAC has an interview with Senn in which she talks about the “transition from elected official/politician to writer/ performer”.

Deborah Senn (DS): I know of an ex-insurance commissioner who was selling jet-skis in Hawaii, so by comparison I am pretty fortunate. Some have said politics is performance art, so the distance between art and politics may not be too far.

LiveWire: Tell us about your decision to create Until the Last Dog Dies.

DS: At a post-campaign party, my young staff decided that the campaign was so unbelievable, it should become a book or a movie. When I asked who would play the roles, my staff person said she, of course, would be portrayed by Julia Roberts. I said “and moi?” Oh, she gushed, Tyne Daley should portray you, Commissioner Senn. My self-image shattered (Tyne is brilliant but old and well developed), I decided to attempt to write a solo show about the campaign and portray myself.

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