Corporate Personhood Play Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Horse Trade Theater Group
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003 USA
Phone: +01 212-777-6088

Festival Description

The Supreme Court ruled that corporations can now donate unlimited funds to politicians because they are entitled to the same rights as private citizens. Subjective Theatre Company’s Corporate Personhood Play Festival will present nine 10-minute plays inspired by this ruling. Featuring new works by James Comtois, Fernanda Coppel, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Julia Holleman, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Jerome Parker, Lucille Scott, Leegrid Stevens, and Melisa Tien.

The festival, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Subjective Theatre Company will play a limited engagment at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), December 7-15. Series A will perform Tuesday, December 7 & 14 at 8:00pm. Series B will perform Wednesday, December 8 & 15 at 8:00pm. Admission is FREE. For reservations, email

Festival Dates December 7 - 15, 2010
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SERIES A — December 7 & 14, 2010:
  • Seward, Kansas
    Written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach & Directed by David Chapman
    • The soil is toxic, food is scarce, and corporate forces have taken control of all Kansas farms after a nuclear disaster. One farm in remote Seward may be the exception to the rulers.
  • Light Sweet Crude
    Written by Melisa Tein & Directed by Nicole Watson
    • A snapshot of how great events affect small people, an illustration of the invisible connections we share with others, and a meditation on the responsibility of the corporation versus the responsibility of the individual.
  • SP/Lochner
    Written by Julia Holleman & Directed by Steven Gillenwater
    • A comedic melodrama about how two scrappy young corporations in the 1880s persuade the Supreme Court to believe in their humanity using the only means at their disposal - passion, conviction, and, let’s not forget, money.
  • They Think Our Favorite Color is Green
    Written by Patricia Ione Lloyd & Directed by Pat Golden
    • Menthol cigarettes, buff black men and corporate America’s racism; or just another day in the U.S. of A. What have we learned from the world’s leader of incarcerating its residents? How target advertising maximizes corporate profits, to laugh at tragedy, and how to get killer abs.
SERIES B — December 8 & 15, 2010:
  • Dammit, Office Girl!
    Written by James Comtois & Directed by Danny Sharron
    • An employee pines, if not yearns, for an administrative assistant from afar. And by “afar,” we mean “five feet away.?
  • Brooklyn Skank
    Written by Fernanda Coppel & Directed by Donya K. Washington
    • Leslie and Ryan work for Brooklyn Skank, an overpriced and trendy boutique in Brooklyn that is famous for its T-shirts that say “Made by a Brooklyn Skank.” Part of their daily routine is answering the age-old question, “Are these Brooklyn Skank T-shirts actually made by a Skank?” Leslie and Ryan have a stock answer that is approved by the Brooklyn Skank Corporation, but as this story unravels you get the sense that Leslie and Ryan have no idea how these garments are made and who makes them.
  • The Foundation
    Written by Jerome Parker & Directed by Axel Avin, Jr.
    • Lawrence has put his heart and soul into building a non-profit that aids inner cities on a national level. As he prepares to turn over his reign to his young nephew, the woman who helped him build the foundation plans her revenge for being passed over for the top position. A short play about the ties that bind mixed with live jazz.
  • Target Monologue
    Written by Leegrid Stevens & Directed by Rachel Wohlander
    • Target reflects on his difficult childhood.
  • Oh, Donna
    Written & Directed by Lucile Baker Scott
    • In Oh Donna a beautiful young heiress (and friend of Paris Hilton’s) who has orgasmic tendencies with organic juice and a few secrets, takes over the world’s third largest communications company. Soon quite a bit of juice is spilled, along with a few drops of blood…


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