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Rest Stop Political Theatre

  • Parking Lot • Summit Artspace 140 East Market Street Akron, OH, 44308 United States (map)

Wandering Aesthetics is proud to announce our final public performance of the grant-funded “Rest Stop Political Theatre” this Saturday in Downtown Akron.

Wandering Aesthetics will be taking a “Rest Stop” in the parking lot outside of Summit Artspace this Saturday, October 1st at 6:30 PM as part of the Downtown Akron Artwalk. This mobile performance – devised to take place in the bed of a pickup truck – features live music, poetry and theatrical scenes.

“Rest Stop” is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Saturday, October 1st at 6:30 PM


Parking Lot • Summit Artspace
140 E. Market St.
Akron, OH 44308


Katie Beck of Gum Dip Theatre (Actor)
John Dayo-Aliya of Ma'Sue Productions (Actor)
Kyle Jozsa of Wandering Aesthetics (Actor)
Mercedes Littell an Independent Artist (Actor)
Rick Feinberg of Kent State University (Musician)
Benjamin Rexroad of Wandering Aesthetics (Director)


“Rest Stop Political Theatre” is a mobile performance– devised to take place in the bed of a pickup truck– that will travel to five Akron neighborhoods. Performances will take place outdoors in civic common spaces in the weeks leading up to the October 11 voter registration deadline. The goal: help get people registered while galvanizing an informed electoral to participate in this quintessential civic duty.  

“Rest Stop” builds on theatrical foundations established by Brecht, Boal, the Living Newspaper, Bread & Puppet and Teatro Campesino to use theatre to galvanize political discourse among everyday citizens.

Using a variety of tools (ex: puppetry, physical comedy, folk music) these live performances will be fun, educational, interactive AND encourage civic participation. Performing on the back of a beat-up truck allows us to challenge the notion that theatre (and voting) is a luxury only relevant to some.


Through the Joy of Voting, Citizen University– a national nonprofit based in Seattle– aims to help address a growing trend of lower voter turnout in local elections. The project will create localized, action-oriented projects in four cities across the country to foster a stronger culture of voting.

In Akron, Citizen University is partnering with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron to help promote the project. In addition to Akron, Joy of Voting projects are launching in Miami, FL; Wichita, KS; and Philadelphia, PA. The Joy of Voting project derives its vision from an article in “The Atlantic” written by Citizen University founder and CEO Eric Liu, in which he asks that it’s possible to revive 18th and 19th century practices of raucous, participatory activity and pageantry around elections.

Winning organizations in Akron include: The Big Love Network, artist Megan Young, Wandering Aesthetics, Engaging to Excel with Excellence and the Akron Beacon Journal in collaboration with the Jefferson Center.