Theater often takes the role of social commentator, and with the May 31 production of "Other People's Money," Sandy Actors Theatre hopes to shine the spotlight on the question of morality in capitalism.
Director Tobias Andersen said this play is what brought him from California to Portland years ago, and now he hopes it will bring an engaged audience to the theater at 17433 Meinig Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31.
The play follows the dramatic tale of Larry the Liquidator (also known as Lawrence Garfinkle) who attempts to take under small cable and wire business owner Andrew "Jorgy" Jorgenson. Andersen describes the character of Garfinkle as "a brilliant and well-written man of enormous appetite," and looks forward to seeing Jim Lamproe take on the role.
"I knew without looking at the internet that it is a timely piece," Andersen noted. "It's happening all the time. Businesses come in and liquidate whatever they can make money off of, take the money and run. I don't think we need any (better) example of how we've lost our moral compass as a country."
Andersen added that "one of the most telling remarks in the play is when Jorgenson says 'One day when the yen is weaker, the dollar is stronger, or, when we finally begin to rebuild our roads, our bridges, the infrastructure of our country, demand will skyrocket. And when those things happen, we will still be here … "
"It's fascinating, exciting," Andersen noted. "You'll learn what a poison pill and a golden parachute are and it's fascinating to watch as the one side fights to stay alive and the other fights to take them under."
The play is appropriate for an audience of teens and older, though it has some language.
The show will run from May 31 through June 23, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Tickets are available online at sandyactorstheatre.org.
"This is a play you'll leave talking about," Andersen said.
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