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The Low Road


At the Public, a new play that examines the beginning of capitalism in America through the story of America’s first laissez-faire capitalist.

The Off-Broadway production of The Low Road closed April 8, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: Set in the 18th century, this wild new work imagines America’s first laissez-faire capitalist, a young man inspired by a chance encounter with Adam Smith to put his faith in the free market. But his path to riches becomes inextricably entangled with that of an educated slave, a man who knows from experience that one person's profit is another’s loss, in this parable about the true cost of inequality.

Playwright Bruce Norris is the author of "Clybourne Park," which won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2010, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011, and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. His other works include "The Infidel," "Purple Heart," "A Parallelogram" and "The Qualms," all of which had their premieres at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. "The Low Road" originally premiered in 2013 at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Here's a behind-the-scenes clip from that production:

"the Low Road" features a cast of 17 playing a total of 50 roles, including Tony winner Harriet Harris ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), Chris Perfetti (HBO's "Looking") and three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin ("Seussical," "The Aadams Family"). Completing the cast are Tessa Albertson, Max Baker, Daniel Davis, Crystal Dickinson, Gopal Divan, Jack Hatcher, Josh Henderson, Chukwudi Iwuji, Johnny Newcomb, Susannah Perkins, Richard Poe, Dave Quay, Aaron Michael Ray, Joseph Soeder, and Danny Wolohan. Four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif ("Dear Evan Hansen," "Next to Normal") directs.

What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line" and the original Off Broadway production of "Hamilton") and has 40 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.




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