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Context & Terms: Man and Boy

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

A list of terms used in Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy:

Financial Vocabulary

Panic Selling
Wide-scale selling of investment, causing a sharp decline in price. In most instances, investors just want to get out of the investment, with little regard for the price at which they sell.

Stockholders began to quickly sell their shares in Gregor’s company when news of his company’s downfall went public.

Liquidity
The degree to which an asset or security can be bought or sold in the market without affecting the asset's price. Liquidity is characterized by a high level of trading activity. Assets that can be easily bought or sold are known as liquid assets.

Gregor reveals that he is in a “crisis of confidence and liquidity” meaning he is having trouble finding an easy and ready access to cash.

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A Conversation with Frank Langella

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Roundabout's Education Dramaturg, sat down with actor Frank Langella to discuss Man and Boy and his character, Gregor Antonescu.

Why did you choose to do this play and the role of Gregor Antonescu?

Because there is really no more rewarding character to play than the monster. And I have played quite a few of them.  If you look back from Richard Nixon to Count Dracula to the character in Fortune’s Fool to Strindberg’s The Father, even some characters in movies, Clare Quilty in Lolita. These men attract me and they are staggeringly exciting to play.  They are delicious.  And this is a man who will probably sit on the top of the list of monsters I’ve played. He’s conscienceless.  He’s a man with zero conscience. He’s a sociopath and is fighting for his life in the last pages.

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From the Pages of ‘Man and Boy’

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Gregor: “Twenty-three percent off the value of all my shares in one day has apparently made the press photographers even more anxious to get close-up photographs of my dull face.”

Why is losing twenty-three percent off the value of shares a bad thing? In the stock market, investors profit when shares increase in value, and lose money when shares decrease in value. It can be as easy to make money as it is to lose money when investing in the market. The crash of 1929 attested to how volatile the stock market can be.

Most people during the 1920s had bought stocks “on margin”. Buyers would front a small percentage of what the stock was actually worth from brokers who would borrow money from the bank to officially buy the stock. In turn, the buyer would have to pay interest to the broker. If stock prices fell drastically, buyers worried that they would not be able to pay their brokers, so they would quickly sell their shares before stock prices fell even more.

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