Enron

Author: Lucy Prebble

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472511409

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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The only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren't smart enough to do what we did. One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic. At once a case study and an allegory, the play charts the notorious rise and fall of Enron and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who became 'the most vilified figure from the financial scandal of the century.' This Student Edition features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well as a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, Enron follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009. The play was Lucy Prebble's first work for the stage since her debut work The Sugar Syndrome, winner of the George Devine and Critic's Circle Awards for Most Promising New Playwright. Produced by Headlong, Enron premiered at Chichester's Minerva Theatre on 11 July 2009 and opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September, before transferring to London's West End and to Broadway in 2010.
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The Effect

Author: Lucy Prebble

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474272037

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 104

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I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect. The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction. Following on from the critical and commercial success of Enron, The Effect offers a vibrant theatrical exploration into the human brain via the heart. It received its world premiere at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in November 2012, starring Billie Piper and Jonjo O'Neill. It is published here in the Modern Classics series alongside an introduction by Miriam Gillinson.
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The Sugar Syndrome

Author: Lucy Prebble

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472537343

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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I like the internet. I like that way of talking to people. It's honest. It's a place where people are free to say anything they like. And most of what they say is about sex. Dani's on a mission. She's just seventeen, hates her parents, skives college and prefers life in the chatrooms on-line. What she's looking for is someone who is honest and direct. Instead she finds a man twice her age, who thinks she is eleven and a boy.
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Social and Political Theatre in 21st-Century Britain

Staging Crisis

Author: Vicky Angelaki

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474213189

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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In a context of financial crisis that has often produced a feeling of identity crisis for the individual, the theatre has provided a unifying forum, treating spectators as citizens. This book critically deals with representative plays and playwrights who have stood out in the UK and internationally in the post-recession era, delivering theatre that in the process of being truthful to the contemporary experience has also redefined theatrical form and content. Built around a series of case-studies of seminal contemporary plays exploring issues of social and political crisis, the volume is augmented by interviews with UK and international directors, artistic directors and the playwrights whose work is examined. As well as considering UK stage productions, Angelaki analyses European, North American and Australian productions, of post-2000 plays by writers including: Caryl Churchill, Mike Bartlett, Dennis Kelly, Simon Stephens, Martin Crimp, debbie tucker green, Duncan Macmillan, Nick Payne and Lucy Prebble. At the heart of the analysis and of the plays discussed is an appreciation of what interconnects artists and audiences, enabling the kind of mutual recognition that fosters the feeling of collectivity. As the book argues, this is the state whereby the theatre meets its social imperative by eradicating the distance between stage and spectator and creating a genuinely shared space of ideas and dialogue, taking on topics including the economy, materialism, debt culture, the environment, urban protest, social media and mental health. Social and Political Theatre in 21st-Century Britain demonstrates that such contemporary playwriting invests in and engenders moments of performative reciprocity and spirituality so as to present the audience with a cohesive collective experience.
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Played in Britain

Modern Theatre in 100 Plays

Author: Kate Dorney,Frances Gray

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408189631

Category: Drama

Page: 224

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Published in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Musuem, Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays explores the best and most influential plays from 1945 to date. Fully illustrated with photos from the V&A's collections and featuring a foreword by Richard Griffiths O.B.E., the book provides a sumptuous treat for theatre-lovers. It was awarded the 2014 David Bradby Award for research by the Theatre and Performance Research Association. Opening with J. B. Priestley's classic play from 1946, An Inspector Calls, and ending with Laura Wade's examination of class privilege and moral turpitude in Posh over sixty years later, Played in Britain offers a visual history of post-war theatre on the British stage. Arranged chronologically the featured plays illustrate and respond to a number of themes that animate post-war society: censorship and controversy; race and immigration; gender and sexuality; money and politics. An essay on each period first sets the context and explores trends, while the commentary accompanying each play illuminates the plot and themes, considers its original reception and subsequent afterlife, and finishes by suggesting other plays to explore. Photographs from the V&A's extensive collection illustrate each play, providing further insight into stage and costume designs, and include iconic images from the premieres of major plays such as Waiting for Godot and Look Back in Anger. Illustrated throughout with stage production photography, Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays presents a unique and visually stunning panorama of key dramatic works produced in Britain over the past seventy years. From An Inspector Calls to The Rocky Horror Show, or Abigail's Party to Waiting for Godot, fresh light is thrown on the impact, aesthetics and essence of these key plays.
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The Methuen Drama Book of Royal Court Plays 2000-2010

Under the Blue Sky; Fallout; Motortown; My Child; Enron

Author: David Eldridge

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408123932

Category: Drama

Page: 452

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Five of the best plays from the first decade of the twenty-first century produced by the Royal Court Theatre, London. Royal Court Plays 2000-2010 is an essential anthology for anyone interested in the best work from the most important new writing theatre produced during the last decade. Under the Blue Sky by David Eldridge is a touching and comic play about love, war and teaching. Produced in 2000 it was revived on the West End in 2008 and has become a turn-of-the-century classic. Roy Williams' play Fallout was written in response to the killing of Damilola Taylor and the McPherson report into racism in the Metropolitan Police and is an essential play exploring how black teenagers are drawn into violence and mutual mistrust. Motortown is about the 'war on terror' and the war in Iraq. Described as 'an instant modern classic, the first major anti-anti-war play of this era' (What's on Stage) Simon Stephens' play examines the effects of the war on individuals. Mike Bartlett emerged as one of the most exciting young writers of recent times when his play My Child premiered in 2007. A play about fatherhood, broken families and what it means to be a good parent, it was heaped with praise: 'Brutal, thrilling… unmissable' (Evening Standard). The final play, Enron, is an epic satire about the notorious rise and fall of Enron and its founding partners, written by Lucy Prebble. A huge hit and acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, the play transferred to the West End in 2010 and opened on Broadway that same year.
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Extreme Money

The Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk

Author: Satyajit Das

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118153723

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 484

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A definitive cultural history of high finance from one of theindustry's most astute analysts Written by internationally respected financial expert SatyajitDas, Extreme Money shows how real engineering was replacedby financial engineering in the twentieth century, enabling vastfortunes to be made not from goods produced or services performed,but from supplying and trading money. Extreme Money focuses on this evisceratedreality—the monetary shadow of real things—and what itmeans today. The high levels of economic growth and the wealth thatinevitably follows, driven by cheap debt, financial engineering,and speculation, were never sustainable, and the last few yearshave borne this out. The book shows how policy makers andregulators unknowingly underwrote the risks, substantially reducingtheir ability to control economic outcomes. Extreme moneyconcentrated economic power, wealth, and risk in the hands of asmall community of gifted, dynamic financiers largely outside theregulatory purview and the democratic process, and there's no goingback. Explains the extreme money games (via private equity,securitization, derivatives, hedge funds, and other means) inventedby the elite financiers of last century Raises deeper questions about the nature of the economicstructure and assumptions about ongoing financially engineeredprosperity that readers, politicians, and financial figures need tobe asking The book is timed to coincide with the next phase of thefinancial crisis, as prospects of recovery diminish and the globaleconomy becomes mired in a Western version of Japan's "LostDecade" Ambitious in scope and coverage, the book is the indispensible,in-depth guide to the age of modern money. An age defined byextremes of financial behavior.
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American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice

Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Perspectives

Author: N. Pressley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137415185

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 193

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Twenty years after Tony Kushner's influential Angels in America seemed to declare a revitalized potency for the popular political play, there is a "No Politics" prejudice undermining US production and writing. This book explores the largely unrecognized cultural patterns that discourage political playwriting on the contemporary American stage.
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The Play That Goes Wrong

3rd Edition

Author: Henry Lewis,Henry Shields,Jonathan Sayer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474244971

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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Good evening. I'm Inspector Carter. Take my case. This must be Charles Haversham! I'm sorry, this must've given you all a damn shock. After benefitting from a large and sudden inheritance, the inept and accident-prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on producing an ambitious 1920s murder mystery. They are delighted that neither casting issues nor technical hitches currently stand in their way. However, hilarious disaster ensues and the cast start to crack under the pressure, but can they get the production back on track before the final curtain falls? The Play That Goes Wrong is a farcical murder mystery, a play within a play, conceived and performed by award-winning company Theatre Mischief. It was first published as a one-act play and is published in this new edition as a two-act play.
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Pomona

Author: Alistair McDowall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474236030

Category: Drama

Page: 136

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I think I'd sleep a lot easier if I knew none of us would wake up tomorrow. Ollie's sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona - an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born. A sinister and surreal thriller from Alistair McDowall, Pomona received its world premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre, London, on 12 November 2014.
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