The Alchemist

New York City Parks, 2011

Re:Verse's founding production was a timeless satire on greed by Ben Jonson, a rival and friend of Shakespeare. Performances were outdoors all over New York City during the brunt of the global financial crisis. In a climate of finger pointing, the production asked, who's more greedy, the suckers or the suits?

During the run, the Occupy Wall Street movement began just a few blocks away. We established a dialogue with occupiers, many of whom risked police confrontations to travel to our shows. After plans to perform at the original Zuccotti Park encampment were dashed by police shutting down the settlement, the actors decided to perform at a 24-hour pop-up 'Occupy Broadway' event.

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