Theatre and the Global Economy

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In a little over two weeks, our group departs for London to begin a month studying contemporary performance in the U.K., and I’m struck by the number of new works we’ll be seeing that ask audiences to reflect on questions of globalization and the global economy.

Witness The Lehman Trilogy, currently running in New York, but returning to the London stage in time for us to see it on May 27th.  Today’s New York Times finds the irony in a play about “money and decline” fetching such large ticket prices, such that only the wealthy can comfortably attend: see “‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and the Theater of the Absurdly Rich.”

As we will be well into our discussions about nationality and spectatorship by this point in our Maymester, it will be interesting to think about our own identifications as Americans watching this story amidst the global, but largely British, spectatorship at the National Theatre.

-C.E.

(another interesting take on the New York production from FORBES, and another from Judith Miller, writing from TABLET)