MINNEAPOLIS — (Oct. 17, 2012) — The Brave New Workshop Theatre is excited to host an exclusive, one-time only event featuring a debate between Chris Kluwe (Minnesota Viking, punter) and “an empty chair” on Minnesota’s proposed marriage amendment. The event will take place on Fri., Oct.19, at 5 p.m. sharp, at the Brave New Workshop’s ETC (Experimental Thinking Centre) event venue at 824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.
The BNW was invited to be the host site and agreed, due to the theatre’s mission of “Promiscuous Hostility, Positive Neutrality,” which encourages enthusiastic, respectful and civil discourse on both sides of an issue.
Why bother listening to a Vikings punter debate politics? Chris Kluwe has been making headlines lately for his outspoken attitude in opposition of the marriage amendment everywhere from the Star Tribune, to USA Today, to the cover of Out magazine. He even went as far as to challenge any supporter of the amendment to a debate. Kluwe and a network of others, including local radio legend Tom Barnard and his production team (who heard the challenge by Kluwe and offered to make it happen) have worked hard to secure an opponent. Barnard will moderate the debate.
Kluwe has reached out to several state politicians and other proponents of the amendment, including Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, former Viking Matt Birk, and the leadership of Minnesotans for Marriage. As of the sending of this release, Kluwe’s challenge has yet to be accepted by Birk or any of the more than 20 current and former politicians and amendment supporters invited.
Barnard and Kluwe have agreed to go through with the event regardless of whether another debater is secured, and have called upon the BNW to provide a back-up plan. BNW actors will occupy the empty chair and slip into character, acting as the “Vote Yes” side, complete with direct quotes from those who support the amendment. All of the action will be moderated by Barnard. The organizers promise a bipartisan event, with no official political presence other than the two debaters (or stand-ins) at the podium. Organizers intend to host a healthy and respectful dialog, as well as have fun in the process. The event will be recorded and the video available after the event. Information on how to access that content will be made available when details are confirmed.