The title of the play refers not to a drug or poison or cleanser, but rather to an investment term that means cash or cash-like reserves. This successful NYC private equity firm needs to decide what to do with theirs. The boss, Rick, needs to also consider the reputation of the firm, which is being picketed and protested because they just laid off a bunch of employees of one of the companies they recently acquired, which is putting a damper on his upcoming wedding in Bali (yeah, they're that kind of people). Seth comes up with an idea to buy a family owned luggage company that will turn a profit and make them look good. He's promised the CEO Jeff that they won't lay off anyone or move production out of their California location. But Jenny, the pragmatic one, comes up with a different plan that will make more money by ignoring that agreement. Rick has to decide which path to take - the one that will boost their image in the press, or the one that will make more money and keep their investors happy.
|Jenny (Sara Marsh), Rick (Robert Dorfman), and Seth|
(Alex Galick, photo by Tom Wallace)
|Seth (Alex Galick) and Jenny (Sara Marsh) watch as Jeff|
(Darrick Mosley) signs the contract with Rick (Robert Dorfman)
(photo by Tom Wallace)
The cast is dressed in sharp business attire, the men changing ties to signify the change of a day, Jenny in a parade of tailored dresses (costume design by Lisa Jones). The sparse set design in the corridor stage space includes a massive desk, empty except for a photo of Rick's fiance, and a few chairs.
Dry Powder continues through June 29 at Dark and Stormy's studio space in the Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis. Go laugh at some really horrible and heartless people.