Opening today, this immersive, site-specific metatheater piece begins with a Lower Manhattan ferry ride to Pershing Hall on Governors Island, where the viewer navigates an interactive trading floor. The nominal story of Trade Practices is that of a fictional currency company’s fast ascent from its family-business roots; complicating matters is the fact that this story is presented from six different points of view simultaneously, with audience members deciding the order in which they experience the show. Six individual playwrights — Erin Courtney, Eisa Davis, Robert Lyons, Qui Nguyen, KJ Sanchez, and Chris Wells — wrote the narrative perspectives, which range from the company’s workers and managers to its investors and even the government. The result, for co-creators Kristin Marting (the director) and David Evans Morris (the scenic designer), is a project that sheds light on the market fluctuations of the past decade.
Mondays-Sundays, noon. Starts: Aug. 31. Continues through Sept. 21, 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 27, 2014