Dry Powder: A Play

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Jan 3, 2017 - Drama - 112 pages
“A vicious if coolly rendered comedy about ruthlessness and greed in the world of high finance . . . a writer with a gift for razor-sharp dialogue.”—Vogue

The same week his private equity firm forces massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick throws himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick’s partners, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from a PR disaster. But Jenny, Seth’s counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the consequences. The game is on in Sarah Burgess’ gripping, razor-sharp new play about the price of success and the real cost of getting the deal done.

Dry Powder was originally performed in March 2016 at Public Theater in New York, helmed by Hamilton director Thomas Kail and featuring an all-star cast. The play was an instant on-stage success and is the first production written by this preternaturally gifted playwright.

“[A] lacerating dark comedy . . . Dry Powder feels extraordinarily timely. It’s a play every oligarch should see.”—Time Out New York

“Calling all Bernie Sanders fans. There’s a pageant of red meat for you . . . A slick drama set in sleek boardrooms . . . addressing the hot-button topics of income inequality and the collapse of American manufacturing . . . Ms. Burgess’s grasp of the jargon of high finance is impressive.”—The New York Times

“Frighteningly funny . . . [a] timely play.”—Variety

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About the author (2017)

Sarah Burgess is a playwright. She has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Burgess is a WP Lab and Ars Nova Play Group alum. Her play Dry Powder was a recipient of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award and a finalist for the Blackburn prize. She lives in New York.

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