The Electric Lodge in Venice is presenting Affairs Of State, which is the first installment of a new concept in theater — a story told in a series of episodes, one every other month.

The play is scheduled to have two performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8th, and two more performances at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14th at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.

Affairs Of State is a new approach to theater in Los Angeles, combining the long-form story telling of television with the intimacy and immediacy of theater and the social pleasures of a happy hour get-together, an Electric Lodge spokesperson said.

The performance follows the life of interns on Capitol Hill. Their world is not all happy hour hook-ups, ruthless, burning ambition and crazy dreams of changing the world — well, actually it is, the spokesperson describes.

A selection of two drinks, including mojitos, wine, beer, exotic non-alcoholic drinks, along with appetizers, are served during happy hour. The first hour is happy hour, the second hour is the play.

The performance stars Leslie Augustine, Lauren Cornell, Fay Gauthier, Jay Gillespie, John Romano, Allison Weintraub, Vaughn Wilkinson, Marcus Woodswelch, Schuyler Yancey and Karen Zumsteg.

The play, written by Kendell Shaffer and Jefferson Eliot, is directed by Dan Ward and produced by Shaffer and Ward.

Music is performed by “The Rhodes.”

Tickets for all shows are $34, which includes the happy hour.

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