The Trump Card

LAB_Logo_FinalTHE TRUMP CARD | produced by WSR LAB Series
by Mike Daisey
directed by Pat Henderson
featuring Ivan Ewert

Oct 21 & 22 @ 8:15p
Free Admission | Donations welcome!

WSR LAB Series pushes the envelope with exciting new work!  Join us Oct 21st and 22nd at 8:15 p.m.for a staged reading of Mike Daisey’s “The Trump Card.”

“The Trump Card” takes on the world heavyweight of “tell-it-like-it-is” bluster who captured a nation’s heart with his own special brand of bullying charm and irrepressible bravado…the charismatic and sometimes vulgar, Donald J. Trump. It tells Trump’s story from his earliest days, tracking him as he makes himself into an American brand name. Writer Mike Daisey breaks down what makes Trump tick – and in doing so illuminates the state of our American Dream, exploring the ways in which we may be selling it out.

WSR’s LAB Series is dedicated to the development of new talent and new works for the stage. Our goal is bringing audiences and theater artists together to share and discuss a wide range of exciting new work, exploring how these stories reflect our current times. Admission is FREE! Come for the reading and stay for our discussion afterward…tell us what you think! The LAB reading of today may become the WSR MainStage production of tomorrow!

Join us for this special two-night event at Raue Center For The Arts in their newly renovated cafe space!

Location: Raue Center’s Cafe Stage | 26 N. Williams Street Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Approximate Run Time: 90 min.
Content warning: strong language.

Admission is free. But did we mention…?
WSR is a non-profit entity. Donations are welcome.
We might even do a little dance for you. A happy dance.
Give during the event or click here to give online.


ivan-ewert-250x250Ivan Ewert (performer) has been a WSR ensemble member since May of 2016 and he is humbled and gratified by this honor. He has appeared in performances of DEATH OF A SALESMAN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE AGONY AND ECSTACY OF STEVE JOBS, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, and RUN TO THE CAPULETS. He is also a regular performer with WS Rep’s GET LIT(ERARY) program. He played himself in the award-winning documentary, THE SUICIDE TOURIST. In addition to performing, he is the author of several novels, most recently the GENTLEMAN GHOULS trilogy.

mike-daiseyMIKE DAISEY (Creator) who has been hailed as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times, is the preeminent monologist in the American theater today. He has been compared to a modern-day Mark Twain and a latter-day Orson Welles for his provocative monologues that combine the political and the personal, weaving together secret histories with hilarity and heart. He’s known for art that reinvents the form, like his critically acclaimed 29-night live theatrical novel, All the Faces of the Moon, a forty hour performance staged at the Public Theater in New York City. He has toured across five continents, ranging from remote islands in the South Pacific to the Sydney Opera House to abandoned theaters in post-Communist Tajikistan. He’s been a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, the Late Show with David Letterman, a longtime host and storyteller with The Moth, as well as a commentator and contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, NPR and the BBC. In a brief, meteoric career with This American Life, his appearances are among the most listened to and downloaded episodes of that program’s history. He has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama League Awards, and is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, six Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the Sloan Foundation’s Galileo Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship.

As a playwright, his transcript of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week it was made available. Under a revolutionary open license it has seen more than 150 productions around the world and been translated into six languages. Years later there are productions being staged all over the world every night from in Germany to Sao Paolo to mainland China. He is currently at work on his second book, Here at the End of Empire, which will be published by Simon and Schuster, and a 25-night full-length theatrical monologue adaptation of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. You can find him on the web at, and listen to his free podcast All Stories Are Fiction, where you can hear many of his stories, on Soundcloud or at iTunes.