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TheStupidEconomy June 26, 2013 @ 7:26 a.m.

Presented in apart of the San Diego Fringe Festival, "The Stupid Economy" is a one-woman show, a comedy/drama which explores how our country's current economic condition is experienced by six very different women.

Pam Babler is a clueless robo-signer, called to explain her actions at a deposition. Carolyn is a single mother who falls in a deep hole when she uses drugs to cope with her husband’s death and her need to find work. Summer is a young, attractive, former drug rep working the system and trying to find the job she knows is out there for her. LaMonica Johnson struggles through a series of "odd" jobs, looking for legitimate work and trying to keep her five daughters in line. Louise is an old-money matron who abhors how the country has changed. Cindy Trenette is a spendthrift housewife forced to reform her habits when faced with an unusual repossession. A nameless corporate insider narrates the show, telling the audience the truth about how corporations and government operate. The characters return at the end to give their thoughts on how we got into this mess, and how we get out.

Throughout, we see not only how the economy has affected people, but the different ways that people have affected the economy. In addition to the economy, the play touches on everything from the college experience to Chinese production, racism, refinancing, politicians, and magic dogs, in the end providing a launching point for a conversation we all need to have about where we've been and where we're going.


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