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'Wide Stance,' a Play Based On Larry Craig

One of Washington's more colorful recent scandals is heading to the stage.

A playwright and filmmaker who splits his time between New York and Los Angeles is writing a fictionalized play about former senator Larry Craig's 2007 arrest in an airport men's room sex sting, The Sleuth has learned.

The work-in-progress, titled -- what else? -- "Wide Stance," is already scheduled for a debut reading in Craig's hometown of Boise in January at the spectacular home of former Washingtonian artistic power couple Liz Wolf and her husband, Bill Blahd.

But don't expect to see Craig there.

Asked if the former senator would be invited to the reading, the playwright, Tim Kirkman, told us, "Oh God, no. I wouldn't want him to come to the reading. That would be torture for him. I feel bad for him."

Kirkman, a North Carolinian, has a history of focusing on the foibles of conservative Republican politicians: he made a documentary in 1998 about his home state's senator, Jesse Helms.

Why a play about Craig? "I was totally obsessed with this Larry Craig thing, as the rest of the country was," he explained.

But the Craig character in Kirkman's play will be a fictional North Carolina congressman. Kirkman said the play will focus more on the personal lives of the characters than on what happened in the airport men's room when Craig was caught tapping his foot, which the arresting undercover police officer in the next stall recognized as a signal soliciting sex.

"I broke it apart, started thinking how many lives" were affected by it, including that of the undercover cop," Kirkman said. "I wonder what that cop's day was like when he went home that night, who is he married to, or is he married."

Still, the men's room stall may make a cameo in Kirkman's play. "I may end the play with all six people in the restroom," he told The Sleuth.

All six people would be the fictional congressman and his wife, the police officer and his wife, and a cable TV newscaster and "someone in his life," Kirkman elaborated.

Kirkman, who is gay, said "Wide Stance" will explore the meaning of "gay" to the lead character. (Craig has always insisted he is not gay.)

"I already have a lot more compassion for Larry Craig than I ever imagined I would have," Kirkman said. "You end up getting in the heads of all these people."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 3, 2009; 2:27 PM ET
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Would such a play explore the meaning of "gay" to the main character or to all of us? Why does Kirkman care about the wives involved? I was just reading a fascinating discussion on bromances - male romances, and whether they are actually more indicative of gay acceptance by society or an hysteria from it:

Posted by: George251 | September 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Typical bathroom humor.

Posted by: michaelcharliedelta | September 4, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Boy, now there's a news item that deserves to be on the front page....of a supermarket tabloid.
You bozos are sinking lower and lower.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 4, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

When does the play regarding Kennedy the Younger running into a police barricade, getting a police ride to his apt, entering rehab get written and into production? What about Charlie Rangel's "hidden investments, properties and monies?" That could make a good mystery.

Posted by: capitolconservative | September 4, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

A very important social statement for our time on a critical issue to the well-being of our country. America needs more playwrights like this fellow. Hope he applied for an NEA grant to underwrite his play because I really want my tax money to subsidize this sort of art...don't you?

Posted by: dennis10 | September 4, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Why not a play (or even a movie) about Ted Kennedy? Or Bill Clinton? Aw, shucks - you know why not. Don't you?

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | September 4, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the reason no one is writing about the sins of the liberal politicians is because those sins don't rise as often to the hyprocisies of the conservative sinners.

Also, I really think liberals are a little more artistic and literate than conservatives.

Ever try to read Ayn Rand?

Posted by: Spectator | September 4, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

To those who want plays written about the misdeeds, crimes and foibles of liberal Democrats: get out your pens, pencils, laptops, tape recorders etc and HOP TO IT.
It's a Free Country; may a thousand flowers blossom.

Posted by: mikepost1 | September 4, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Is it going to be a musical comedy?
Will Barney Frank play the leading
role? We worship our Masters on one
hand and revile them on another. It
makes no difference what their partisan
affiliation is. All this gibberish of
hypocrisy is just that; self serving
hypocrisy from "True Believers" on both
sides who never let reality interfere
with their biased viewpoints, vivid
preconceptions and assumptions. I like
to use logic and history to push my own
skewed delusions. That's more fun for me.
Others like to use their religion, sex,
race, culture, philosophy or nationality
to ridicule anybody who doesn't share
their Twisted Outlook. The sanctimonious
among us seem to be the funniest, though.
And the ones who have no reasonable
counter assertion and then just call the
other side names and belittle them, are
even more hilarious. Keith Olberman is
one of those hilarious cards. And Ann
Coulter. They're made for each other.
Kind of like George Burns & Gracie Allen.
And then you have the pompous fools like
Professor Erwin Corey. Remember him?
Barack Obama does a great Erwin Corey.
Only he's even funnier than Corey, because
he does it sober. And that's real talent.

Posted by: iamredwolf | September 4, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

DoTheRightThing wrote: Why not a play (or even a movie) about Ted Kennedy? Or Bill Clinton? Aw, shucks - you know why not. Don't you?
Because you and the rest of the right wing have no imagination to write one? Or the humor and writing skills to pull it off.

Posted by: bdunn1 | September 5, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Mark my words: republicans are going to sue because this play is nothing more than a political advertisement in violation of McCain-Feingold.

Watch out Supreme Court!


Posted by: dastubbs | September 5, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

But will it play in Peoria?

Posted by: JeronimoDan | September 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"Why not a play (or even a movie) about... Bill Clinton?"

You mean like "Primary Colors"?

Posted by: Janine1 | September 8, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wide Stance - starring Larry Craig, Pastor Ted Haggard, David 'Diaperman' Vitter, and Bob McDonnell. Rated R for Restricted. No internally-conflicted Repressed person in Congress or the clergy shall be admitted unless accompanied by a Ratioanal person. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | September 8, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Boise is not Craig's hometown. He was born in Council, Idaho and raised on a ranch outside Midvale, Idaho. He was a State Senator in the Idaho Legislature representing Washington County which includes Midvale. I expect better fact checking from the Washington Post.

Posted by: Cruxpoint | September 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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