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Serious Money

Serious Money
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Caryl Churchill
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 1987
ISBN-10: 0573693390
ISBN-13: 9780573693397
Cast Size: 3 women, 5 men

About the Play:

Serious Money was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Serious Money is a full-length dramatic comedy by Caryl Churchill. High rolling brother and sister traders Jake and Scilla enjoy the upper class lifestyle offered by their careers in the London stock exchange; but when Jake is murdered, Scilla sets out to find the killer. Friends, colleagues and family become suspects as Scilla discovers her brother's underground dealings and learns to play as dirty as he did. Her investigations reveal the power games, money transactions and deceit of the trading floor.

Serious Money is set in the trading pits and boardrooms of London's financial district in 1987 soon after the markets are deregulated, an act referred to as the "Big Bang" for its explosive impact. In the dog-eat-dog world of London's Stock Exchange, wunderkind Jake Todd is found shot in his apartment. While unravelling the mystery of who killed her brother, Scilla begins to see just how embedded Jake was in the dark underbelly of London's financial world. Since the "Big Bang", sinister figures have taken advantage of London's newly deregulated market, prioritizing profit, greed and personal interests. Corporate raiders Zackerman and Corman prepare to swoop down on aging company Albion…with or without the help of a pair of female business vultures. Amidst the looming threat of investigation, boardroom drug deals, and billionaire backstabbing, Scilla must decide how much she'll risk to find her brother's killer and his missing millions. A dynamic satire written in rhyming couplets, Serious Money was first staged in 1987, at a time where the fraud and corruption of Wall Street made the headlines. After the crash of 2008 and the rise of the 1 percenters, Caryl Churchill's fast-paced look at the consequences of unchecked greed and ego remains just as familiar today.

Serious Money premiered in 1987 at the Royal Court Theatre, transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End and won the best comedy of the year award from the London Evening Standard in 1987, the 1987 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the 1987 Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for best new play. It then transferred to the Public Theater in New York City with the original British cast. The limited Off-Broadway run was a sellout hit and won the 1987-1988 Obie Award for best new play.

Cast: 3 women, 5 men

What people say:

"A dazzler...Smashing." — The Sunday Express (London)

"Pure genius." — The Daily Telegraph (London)

"Vigorous, aggressive, funny and much needed." — The Observer (London)

"A tendentious, up to the minute satire about corruption and insider dealin." — The Spectator (London)

"Brutally brilliant, savagely funny and appallingly realistic ...about the bankers...dealers...and media vulture." — The Sunday Times (London)

"A breathless, exhilarating crash course in the low morality of high finance." — The Independent (London)

"Wants us to hear the very sound of megascale greed as it is practiced on that circuit of telephone wires and computer screens blinking 24 hours a day from Tokyo to New York." — The New York Times

About the Playwright:

Caryl Churchill is widely recognized as one of the UK's leading playwrights. She was born in London and after the Second World War her family emigrated to Montreal in Canada. She returned to England to attend Oxford University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. One of the most respected dramatists in the English-speaking world, she is an internationally known playwright whose work has been given major international theatrical awards throughout the world.

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