John Patrick Shanley – The Playwright on Not Playing Ball

John Patrick Shanley on The Solari Report

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This Thursday evening on The Solari Report (6pm PT/9pm ET) I will be speaking with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley about his new play Sleeping Demons, the third play in his trilogy Church and State, which includes the award-winning Doubt.

The first scene of Sleeping Demons opens with a man trying to persuade a banker not to foreclose on his wife’s home in New York City. The plot moves us through the woes of one foreclosure as it becomes embroiled in the political trials of the local borough president and the spiritual and financial crisis of a store front church run by a preacher who left New Orleans and is still trying to recover from what he saw during Katrina.

Shanley weaves a story of redemption inside the intimate emotional and cultural madness of our current situation.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, we leave Shanley’s streets of New York City and head midtown to the skyscrapers in Margin Call to spend 24 hours with the investment bankers who have engineered the housing bubble as they engineer its burst  with the sell off of a major position at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis.

Like Sleeping Demons, Margin Call is a masterpiece that looks into the heart of darkness of the financial tsunami washing over us and describes the price of both playing ball and not playing ball.

I will start with Money & Markets and Ask Catherine.

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1 Comment

  1. from Catherine’s comment: “Redemption inside the ….madness of our current situation”

    What are a couple of key characteristics or skills we can nurture to prosper as we live in this dicotomy of controlled economy / culture versus what we do and be for meaning and expression?

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