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NY Times Columnist & LA Playwright To Lead Post-Performance Discussion of Wealth Gap in America at NJ Rep

NY Times Columnist & LA Playwright To Lead Post-Performance Discussion of Wealth Gap in America at NJ Rep

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- Last month’s viral New York Times op-ed, "What the Rich Won't Tell You", sparked a nationwide debate on the morality of wealth disparity, by exposing how the 1 percent perceives, apologizes for, justifies, (and rarely speaks about) its affluence.  On Friday, October 20, New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch is hosting a provocative discussion on the subject with that column’s author, sociologist Rachel Sherman, and Los Angeles playwright, Karren Rizzo. The talk, with complementary wine reception, will follow that evening’s preview performance of Rizzo’s topical new dark comedy, Mutual Philanthropy, at 8:00pm. 

Mutual Philanthropy takes place over dinner among friends, two couples united by parenthood within a top Los Angeles school district and apparent common interests, yet divided by an economic chasm.  It comically and astutely blows the lid off the power plays and prejudices seething secretly beneath the California cool of a community transitioning from working class to billionaire bohemian. The play runs Thursdays through Sundays through November 19.

Rachel Sherman is associate professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. She is the author of Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence and Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels.  

Karen Rizzo’s plays have been performed at NYC's Ensemble Studio Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Playwrights Horizon's Theatre School, and in Los Angeles at Arcade and Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A. Her stories and essays have been featured in Salon, the Los Angeles Times, on NPR and at LA’s reading series Literary Death Match.

NJ Rep is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, NJ. Preview tickets: $40; $25 for students with ID. Regular performances: $46-$50. For reservations, call 732-229-3166 or visit njrep.org.


 





originally published: 2017-10-12 00:00:00


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EVENT CALENDAR
Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

ART @ Centenary Stage Company - Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 7:30pm

Beauty and The Beast @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 4:00pm

Wild Horses - February 22-March 25,2018 @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 8:00pm

American Hero @ George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick - 2:00pmand 8:00pm






Seton Hall University Theatre STEEL MAGNOLIAS @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm



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