For 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.
Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.
The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 6, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2pm and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm.
PF readers will have a ball again at this one-of-a-kind show, one of the capital's signature events. It is a reprise of an occasion they have held since 1885, regaling an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists too. They perform the Sunday show for friends like PF readers.
What PF readers will see during the show is Gridiron members -- well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing hilarious songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.
Dress for the event is business casual. They do NOT allow cameras, videotaping, or audio taping of the program. However, there are no restrictions on taking photographs at the reception.
Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks should be made out to “Gridiron Club and Foundation,” and mailed to Gridiron Reprise, c/o Carol Stevens, 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington VA 22207. Tickets cannot be reserved until payment is made. Please note that they are not refundable. (PF exclusive)