AFT Revives “And If Elected”

(Left to right) Elisa Korenne, Jake Endres, and Jeffrey Herbst perform in AFT’s 2008 production of “And If Elected.”

In 1992, American Folklore Theatre (AFT) first presented And If Elected, a romp through US presidential campaigns from George Washington to the first George Bush.

And If Elected returns for 2012 in anticipation of another humdinger election cycle.

“I always get a little over-excited about this particular show. I just can’t help myself since I’m a confessed presidential trivia junkie,” said, Jeffrey Herbst, AFT’s Artistic Director.

Compiled by David Peterson, Fred Alley and Herbst, And If Elected takes a lighthearted and occasionally poignant look at the history of the presidential election, telling stories of mudslinging that have surprised audiences for 20 years.

The evening promises levity and soft jabs throughout the decidedly bipartisan evening of satire. Numerous campaign songs that have been used as political tools throughout American history are presented with wit and tongue in cheek spirit.

The show features Herbst along with veteran AFT performers Jake Endres and Karen Mal. Endres returns from the 2008 cast, and Mal returns for the 20th anniversary, having done both the original production in 1992 and the follow-up in 1996.

The show runs for two weeks at the Ephraim Village Hall, Oct. 4 – 14. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 4 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.

For tickets, call 920.854.6117, visit, or stop by the AFT box office at the Green Gables shops in north Ephraim.