ABUNDANCE 1998 - 2004
"Elegant and troubling...one of 2003's Ten Best Plays" — Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Abundance is a clear-eyed, barrier-breaking, unsettling, and ultimately optimistic new play that lives on in the mind days after you see it." — NYTheater.com
Dance Theater Workshop, NY NY
Flynn Center for the Arts, Burlington VT
Chicago Cultural Center, NPN Annual Conference
Diverseworks, Houston TX
On The Boards, Seattle WA
Painted Bride, Philadelphia PA
Dance Place, Washington DC
Abundance is a national community performance project about money and America. Asking "What is enough?" and "What would be enough for you?" the Abundance Project included four years of in-depth interviews with 30 multi-millionaires and 30 minimum wage-earners throughout the United States as well as a monthly NYC dialogue that included undocumented workers, millionaires and the people in between.
The 5 actor play, co-directed by Steve Bailey, was written in part with text from these interviews and dialogues, and toured to sold-out houses in Seattle, Houston, Burlington, Washington DC, Providence, Philadelphia and NYC. Incorporating art-making as a critical tool in creating vigorous community engagement on a challenging topic, the Abundance Project included arts-based civic dialogues with ideologically and economically diverse groups in each city, putting the power of theater to work in transforming conversations and communities.
Rockefeller MAP, NYSCA, NEA, Animating Democracy Initiative/Ford Foundation, Threshold and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.