Ken Elston
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“You gotta get out there!”

I hear this admonishment all the time from supporters- and how great is it to be able to use that term for friends who want to see you succeed- who know how important it is to meet voters and let them get to know me before Election Day. There is no question that I have been trying to do just that. “Wing Kids” at my side and helping to share the load.

These kids are tireless and positive, and they provide me with the energy to knock more doors and walk more streets and attend more events than I might have otherwise. And that support is so important, because this election is really going to be close, and, if we want change in the city, it is going to take getting people to the polls.

Now school starts. For those kids and for me, at George Mason University, school has resumed and demands attention and hours. Rehearsal starts, too. This may not be an issue faced by many out there, but anyone who understands the phrase, “I can’t. I have rehearsal!” knows what it is like when you are working to put on a show.

Directing The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Mason will be both a drain and a gas in equal measure. This audience interactive, fast-paced comedy will be the first of its kind. It will include motion capture animation, elements of film and projection, the use of technology and social media, and an improvisational show-within-a-show structure. The show may be the first in history to start with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please turn on your cellphones.” While it is sure to please (October 24-November 1—- get those tickets for the Center for the Arts in Fairfax AND the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas)*, it is also sure to consume me in the coming weeks.

Yes, you read that right. The play production ends November 1 and the election is November 4.

And, I know you get it. We often feel drawn in a million and six directions on any given day. Especially when we have a family, and we want to support their hopes and dreams. We struggle to make it all work. So, that’s what I am going to be trying to do. Make it all work, and, if you feel so inclined, I would really love your help. So, if you are willing to put up signs in your yard or windows, knock on some doors, talk to your friends and neighbors, then let me know and thanks so much.

I am gonna keep getting out there. I am gonna direct one heck of a show (seriously, come see it). I am gonna be there for my family. And, I am gonna still be standing on November 5. That’s when I start studying like mad to be the best darn City Councilman I can be. It doesn’t stop. You just gotta get out there.

*This shameless plug for the show, students of Mason’s School of Theater, and our amazing arts venues is for your good as much as mine!

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