How Freedom Works

Jay and Leslies Laughing Matters

American government takes center stage in this funny and lively combination workshop and performance by Leslie and Jay Cady of Laughing Matters. A workshop is conducted with students an hour or two before the show. Then those students become the cast members who represent the Congress, the Supreme Court, and a series of ill-fated presidents during the performance. Topics include how a bill becomes a law, the Electoral College, and presidential succession. 


To schedule this program please contact us at 816-531-4022 or by email at


Grade Levels: 3,4,5,6

Fees: $457 single, $796 double / The break between performances must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate. Title 1 Schools may qualify for funding assistance.

Maximum Audience Size: 20 minimum and 30 maximum (can be adapted to use as few as 13 students) for workshop; 250 maximum for performance

Availability: Year-round

Program Length: 45 minute workshop, plus 45 minute performance

Teacher Guide: How Freedom Works TPG

Requirements: Two 6' or 8' tables; access to electricity. Teachers must be present at all times during workshop and performance.

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