Mock the Vote at The Capitol Steps



at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. on Saturday Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.

“Presented by the UA Hillel Foundation, The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed.”

Carolyn’s note: As a former U.S. Senate staffer (legislative aide) to the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D – Hawaii), this sounds like either a bad dream or a blast from the past.  Working on Capitol Hill was definitely a unique, eye-opening experience for me, a young lawyer at that time.  And my Arabic female housemate worked for the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee (and yes, our land line phone was bugged and there were no cell phones at that time, thankfully).

Tickets online ($40 to $110):



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Satire of the political events and personages never goes out of style. You can check out highlights of their shows online, and if you are nostalgic, buy shows – as podcasts/CDs/streaming at

    • Yes Marcus, satire of politicians and politics never goes out of style. Should be a fun show at the Fox.

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