Tweetering and undying giddiness for James Madison – what else could you expect to find at a Miss America pageant? In this raucous, “power-play” by the prolific Lauren Gunderson, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions.

All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip. Just in time for the midterm election, here’s lookin’ at you, America.

“The Taming,” in its regional premiere, will be presented by Lean Ensemble Theatre at Hilton Head Prep’s Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island.

The play is directed by the newest Lean ensemble member, Maegan McNerney Azar, and features Kerrie Seymour, Dayanari Umana and Lean Ensemble founding member Peggy Trecker White.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Talkbacks will follow the Oct. 21, 23, 28 and 30 performances.

Tickets are $45, with discounts for students, military and groups available. Masks are recommended but not required.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 843-715-6676, visit, or email