Dry Powder: A Sneak Peek With Elizabeth Frankel
We are thrilled to be presenting the second production of Dry Powder – which will also be the second production playwright Sarah Burgess has ever received.
The story of Sarah’s career is an unusual one. Most playwrights get used to seeing their work performed either in graduate school or by smaller companies before they have their major New York debut. But Sarah had her first experience of working with a director and actors in rehearsal ten months ago when her play received a high-profile premiere at The Public Theater.
While other productions of the play are planned, the Alley’s is the second and the timing of starting performances on Inauguration Day makes it feel even more timely than it did before. This is because the characters work for a private equity firm and the play depicts their debate about what they will do after they buy an American-based suitcase company. Jenny (Elizabeth Bunch) advocates for moving production to Bangladesh while Seth (Jay Sullivan) says they must keep American workers employed.
The play takes you into the world of private equity, making you feel like an insider even if the setting feels foreign. The humor is sharp and the ending is incisive and poignant. Sarah has created four fantastic roles for actors and it will be a thrill to see them played by members of the Alley’s Resident Company.
We were delighted to welcome Sarah to the Alley for the first rehearsal of Dry Powder and look forward to her return to see the production. Please join us at the performance on January 24th to hear her speak after the show. You can also read my interview with her here.
Director of New Work
PS - And please join us for the Alley All New Festival, February 2-12, 2017. Reservations available here.