Who watches the Watchmen? Elizabeth Warren, apparently…

My own Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, kicking ass and taking names: Erin, let’s think about how we might work some of these questions and issues (and the debate over them) into E.6 of GOV?

Research and visual aids for INV

This is a running list of images and video for the INV storyline written by Eisa Davis, first workshopped for presentation in February 2013 at HERE’s Culturemart festival in New York City. INFO & TRADING ROUNDS. Mayor Bloomberg ringing the NYSE opening bell, Oct 31, 2012 And for something sillier, Robert Downey Jr. ringing to … Continue reading

Research and visual aids for OWN

This is a running list of images and video for the OWN storyline with text and lyrics by Chris Wells and music by Xander Duell, first workshopped in October 2012 at HERE in New York City; then presented in February 2013 at HERE’s Culturemart festival. If you’re looking for the dance video research for the … Continue reading

Research and visual aids for MGT

This is a running list of images and video for the MGT storyline by Robert Lyons, first workshopped in October 2012 at HERE in New York City; then presented in February 2013 at HERE’s Culturemart festival. EPISODE 1. GAME SHOW Game show style and aesthetic of the old Bob Barker The Price is Right? Or Family Feud … Continue reading

Research and visual aids for WRK

This is a running list of images and video for the WRK storyline by Qui Nguyen, first workshopped in July 2012 at the Williams College Theatre Lab in Williamstown, MA; then presented in February 2013 at the Culturemart festival at HERE in New York City. EPISODE 1. To set up the Odyssey overlay on the Workers … Continue reading

German and Japanese Stakeholder Capitalism

People in Germany and Japan…do not have quite the same views about money and motives as Gordon Brown and Bill Clinton have. They tend to believe that, although money is a splendid thing to have, and few people would not put themselves out to get some, if you want to know why people work hard, … Continue reading

I need to be subsidized

Supermarket Owner Gives Away Stores to his 400 Employees

Joe Lueken, who owns and manages two grocery stores in Bemidji, Minnesota, and one in Wahpeton, North Dakota, is retiring at age 70. Instead of selling his stores to the highest bidder, though, he will transfer ownership to the stores’ 400 or so employees. The employees will participate in an employee stock ownership program, receiving … Continue reading

Dec Workshop: Day 5, Marketing

Over in the Marketing Storyline, KJ is having us Tango! Today we looked at Episode 2, in which Patricia Silver is leading her focus group in a dance lesson to illustrate the importance of a company’s role with its customers – the relationship is like the Tango. That focus group is, of course, the audience, … Continue reading

Dec Workshop: Day 4, Government

Rehearsals for the final pair of storylines, Marketing and Government, are humming along this week, with our playwrights Erin and KJ diving into rewrites after two solid days of table work apiece. Today we looked at Government. Erin has been weaving a series of scenes that take us from the desk of a Senator, to … Continue reading

Dec Workshop: getting started on Marketing and Government

We’ve been doing great work with KJ Sanchez’s Marketing line, and Erin Courtney and her Government story. Performers Dax Valdes, Nina Hellman, Sheila Tapia and Eboni Booth are working with us this week, as well as sound designer and composer Jane Shaw, video designer Jared Mezzochi, and lighting designer Chris Kuhl. We are following the … Continue reading

Interstitial (trading round) videos

T.1 (preshow) Robert: introductory promo video playing (on loop?) at start MEDIA SAMPLES: COMPANY AD, TRAILER   T.2 (after E.1) Erin: maybe about the Currency Industry? Showing what money is, the different aspects of it? Or a rudimentary econ lesson about how money moves etc (like the Banking YouTube videos we found?) Have this conversation … Continue reading

Research and visual aids for MKT

This is a running list of images and video for the MKT storyline by KJ Sanchez, first workshopped in December 2012 at HERE in New York City. EPISODE 1. Argentine economic crisis (1999-2002) A bit of economic history underlying Patricia’s backstory: 1999 December 10 Fernando de la Rua becomes Argentina’s president. He campaigned on promises to … Continue reading

Current denominations of U.S. currency

Wikipedia says: Currently printed denominations are $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. Notes above the $100 denomination stopped being printed in 1946 and were officially withdrawn from circulation in 1969. These notes were used primarily in inter-bank transactions or by organized crime; it was the latter usage that prompted President Richard Nixon to issue an executive order in 1969 halting their use. With … Continue reading


Great example from Wikipedia, baby: The “50 State” series of quarters (25-cent coins) was launched in the U.S. in 1999. The U.S. government planned on a large number of people collecting each new quarter as it rolled out of the U.S. Mint, thus taking the pieces out of circulation[citation needed]. Each set of quarters is worth $14.00 (a complete set includes quarters … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Day of Works-in-Progress Showing

What an action packed Sunday it turned out to be for our final Workshop day! The afternoon began in the Mainstage space with a quick French lesson from Kristin as Mari and Caitlin tried their hand at Robert’s rewrites for the French Art Film scene in the Management storyline. Choosing between a scene entirely in … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management and Owners Day 3

This morning we worked on the Management track with writer Robert. We began by reading the new French art film scene Robert wrote during his day off from rehearsal. We also watched the first scene of LOVE CRIMES as inspiration for this scene. Then Kristin got to work staging with Caitlin & Mari. The shape … Continue reading

The rape of a mattress company

The investment firm, which bought Simmons in 2003, has pocketed around $77 million in profit, even as the company’s fortunes have declined. THL collected hundreds of millions of dollars from the company in the form of special dividends. It also paid itself millions more in fees, first for buying the company, then for helping run … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Owners Day 2

Today we started by reading through the pages writer Chris Wells brought in for us based on the exercises we did two days ago. It was a blast to recognize many of the themes and juicy lines that he incorporated from our previous work session. Next we read through the first scene a number of … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management Day 2

Today we started by reading through the scenes to hear the edits Robert had made, and the entirely new scenes two and four which he wrote yesterday. Jane, our composer, joined us today so we were able to delve into how the sound and lights might help us see the office set through Brenda's sensationalized … Continue reading