2011 Season

Reduction in Force

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Written by Patricia Milton
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced in: 2011

A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Gary Graves, Michaela Goldhaber, John Patrick Moore, Kendra Lee Oberhauser, Gregory Scharpen & Jan Zvaifler.

The Icarus Wealth Management Group has hit financial whitewater.  Behind closed boardroom doors profits plunge, questionable investments surface, and a crisis erupts. What’s the solution?  Fire the “little people,” of course!  A reduction in force puts career secretary Anita Green on the chopping block.  Will she keep her job or her self-respect?  An hilarious clusterf*** of backstabbing, ageism, class warfare, and—romance!

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The Truth About the American Economy” (Robert Reich, Huffington Post, May 31, 2011)

A brief, clear, cogent (as well as non-political) explanation of what has happened to the American economy since WWII, and why we are in the stagnant situation in which we find ourselves today from local UCB luminary Robert Reich.  Well worth the read.

The People vs. Goldman Sachs” (Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, May 11, 2011)

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone makes the case: A Senate committee has laid out the evidence. Now the Justice Department should bring criminal charges! “Goldman isn’t a pudgy housewife who broke her diet with a few Nilla Wafers between meals — it’s an advanced-stage, 1,100-pound medical emergency who hasn’t left his apartment in six years, and is found by paramedics buried up to his eyes in cupcake wrappers and pizza boxes. If the evidence in the Levin report is ignored, then Goldman will have achieved a kind of corrupt-enterprise nirvana. Caught, but still free: above the law.”

Hundreds Protest Wells Fargo Shareholder Meeting in SF” (Sarah Phelan, San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 4, 2011)

Income Inequality in the US Worse Than Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Ethiopia” (Ziad Jilani, Think Progress, May 4, 2011)

Texas House Committee Approves Tax Break on Yachts” (Bloomberg Businessweek, April 29, 2011)