"Go Granny D" at Invisible Theatre gives legs to activist's story

2014-02-27T00:00:00Z 2014-07-01T14:21:30Z "Go Granny D" at Invisible Theatre gives legs to activist's storyBy Kathleen Allen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

At the dawn of 1999, a few weeks before Doris Haddock turned 89, she strapped on sneakers and began a walk across the country in an attempt to bring attention to campaign finance reform.

It took her 14 months to walk 3,200 miles, starting in Pasadena, Calif., stopping in Tucson in March, and ending on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.

She also ran for the senate refusing private contributions, and was arrested for illegally demonstrating inside the Capitol Rotunda.

Granny D, as she liked to be called, was 100 and still fighting when she died in 2010.

But she returns to Tucson again this weekend thanks to Barbara Bates Smith and her show “Go, Granny D!,” presented by Invisible Theatre.

Smith based the play on Haddock’s biography; Jeff Sebens wrote the music for the piece.

The one-act, 70-minute production will be followed by a talk — because, no doubt, Granny D has given us much to talk about.

Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Tickets are $35 at 882-9721 or invisibletheatre.com

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