Trade Practices OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Julieta Cervantes
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    August 31, 2014
    Closing:
    September 21, 2014

    Theater: Governer's Island / Ferry departs 10 South St, New York, New York, 10004

    Synopsis: 

    A historic building on Governors Island is transformed into a living market through this immersive site-specific event. After a breezy ferry ride, you enter a fun and interactive world of booms and busts, as you follow a fictional currency company’s evolution from family business to publicly-traded corporation. Cash in hand, you get to choose how to invest your time and money.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Trade Practices

    Buy Downstage, Sell Upstage ‘Trade Practices,’ a Collaborative Show With Funny Money

    Alexis Soloski

    September 3, 2014: Anyone who took a bath in the 2008 economic crisis might feel a little nervous crossing the water to Governors Island to witness that dunking all over again. In Trade Practices, the director Kristin Marting and the designer David Evans Morris transform Pershing Hall, a handsome former administrative building, into the headquarters of Tender Inc. Resourceful, whimsical and wearing, this participatory production places you in the offices and on the factory floor of a thriving (and then foundering) business to explore questions of investment and value. A paper company established before the Revolutionary War, Tender Inc. makes greeting cards, stationery and the cotton-linen blend on which United States currency is printed. Over the course of the show, Tender is transformed from a family-owned concern into a publicly traded corporation into a housing bubble casualty. There are also sword fights, song-and-dance numbers and terrible French accents. After an introductory video, the audience divides into four groups. Each catches a different scene in a different room by a different writer — Erin Courtney and Qui Nguyen among them. One group sits with the company’s owners, another with its va-va-voom communications director (Jenniffer Diaz), another with its garrulous foreman (Daniel Kublick) and the last with a couple of middle managers.

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