How Freedom Works

Jay and Leslies Laughing Matters (Master Teaching Artists) (Lighton Prize) [ view artist bio ]


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 for 1 performance; $796 for 2 or more performances on the same day / The break between performances must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

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

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: How Freedom Works TPG

Requirements: Two 6' or 8' tables; access to electricity

Standards: 1.9 1.9 Understands that many skills can be practiced until they become automatic, and that if the right skills are practiced, performance may improve.2.1 2.1 Knows how government makes it possible for people to work together to accomplish goals they could not achieve individually.2.3 2.3 Knows the basic characteristics of a co federal system of government and knows examples of this system of government.& 14.3

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