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It's in the Bag

It’s in the Bag


In 1940, a famous comedienne by the name of Gracie led one of the greatest radio pranks of all time: a “run” for president of the United States. It’s in the Bag puts together highlights of Gracie’s prank with the lowlights from the dozens of real campaigns women have run for U.S. President. Old time radio soundstage magic, classic and contemporary misogyny, and a whole lot of campaign pins prick through decades of U.S. political noise to ask: how long will a woman running for president still be just a joke?

Adapted and Directed by Rachel Karp

Media Design: SooA Kim

Media Assistant Design: Sean Leo

Media Engineer: Lucy Scherrer

Scenic Design: Frank Blackmore

Costume Design: Jessica Cronin

Sound Design: Angela Baughman

Lighting Design: Shawn Nielsen


Performed at Carnegie Mellon University. Helen Wayne Rauh Theater, 2019.