A new play about money (based on an unbelievable true story) by Matt Herzfeld, directed by Brad Raimondo.
The Improbable Fall, Rise & Fall of John Law mixes swashbuckling adventure, absurdity, anachronism, and inventive theatricality to tell the unbelievable true story of the man who unleashed the world’s first financial bubble, market crash and currency crisis — all while shaping the global economy we know today.
At the play’s center is John Law, whom historians have alternately described as a financial genius or a treacherous con-man. The play follows John from his early days as a notorious London gambler forced into exile by a duel gone wrong through his greatest insight – the invention of paper currency – to his reign as France’s minister of finance. Along the way it sheds light on the frightening and darkly comic resemblances between our modern financial system and the rigged tavern games of chance where John Law gained and lost his first fortune.
A diverse ensemble of 8 actors play more than 40 roles to bring the turbulent world of John Law vibrantly to life. The role of John Law is played by Greg Carere (who won praise from the NY Times, Stagelight and others for his leading role in 3-Legged Dog’s Downtown Loop in 2013 and whose recent credits include If You Can Get To Buffalo at Incubator Arts and Wide-Eyed Productions’ Dead Special Crabs). The cast also includes Stephen James Anthony (War Horse at Lincoln Center and Dreamscape’s In Fields Where They Lay), Daryl Lathon (The Honeycomb Trilogy, Red Bull’s Revenger’s Tragedy & Dead Reckoning), Sara Thigpen (The Honeycomb Trilogy), Mackenzie Knapp, Fernando Gonzalez (The Odyssey Project at Invisible Dog Arts Center), Rosie Sowa (Dreamscape’s Whale Song or Learning to Live With Mobyphobia), and Aurea Tomeski (Tapefaces at ArsNova).
Playwright Matt Herzfeld has this to say about the inspiration behind the play: “When I first started reading about John Law, I was amazed by his complexities and contradictions and the scope of his life journey. The play’s title is The Improbable Fall, Rise, and Fall of John Law because his life was like a roller coaster. I can’t think of anyone else in history who went from jail cell to celebrated national hero to detested con-man within such a short time. John’s story speaks directly to so many issues we still face today: the volatility of the market, the foundation of our international banking system, the (often terrifying) relationship between probability and financial security. It’s also a play about income inequality, the role of the state in preserving the public good, and the difficulties of bringing political change.”
Theater: IRT Theater
Address: 154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006