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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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A Conversation with ‘Man and Boy’ Set Designer, Derek McLane

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

 

Ted Sod, education dramaturge, sat down with Derek McLane to discuss the set design for Man and Boy

Have you ever designed a Rattigan play before?

No. This is my first time.

Can you talk from your point-of-view what you think the play is about?

I think it is very much about the relationship between a father and a son, financial corruption and potential financial collapse and all the humiliation that goes with that. It’s also about the secrets that large corporations and banks keep from the rest of us. The play to me seems relevant right now with all of the scandals going on in the banking world. It’s hard to believe that this play wasn’t written yesterday.

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Death Takes a Holiday: A Conversation with Julian Ovenden

Posted on: July 7th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

Roundabout's resident Education Dramaturg, Ted Sod, sits down with Death Takes a Holiday leading man, Julian Ovenden, to discuss working on a new musical, life/death and more, as part of Education @ Roundabout's UPSTAGE Guide.

Ted Sod: How did you come to work in the theatre?

Julian Ovenden:It’s quite a difficult thing to trace back; your motivation. I wasn't one of these people who came out of the womb and realized the stage was for them. I think it occurred as a natural progression in my life as a result of the events that fashioned me. My father, for example, is a priest and a man of the people. He is a great communicator. That might be one of the influences. Then I went away to school when I was seven as a chorister in a choir which was musically and artistically a professional environment. That set me up in that way. It opened a window into that world. In England, if you go away to boarding school at a young age, you could find yourself emotionally stunted. You have to deal with the trauma of leaving your parents. People talk about the English “stiff upper lip” and being reserved. When I was 16, 17, 18, 19 and growing up, I perhaps wasn’t as in touch with my emotional life as I wanted to be or needed to be. I think it was a natural progression to find something that allowed me to reconnect with that part of my life; whether it was through music which I was passionate about or whether it was through acting. I found myself going to drama school and I felt at home with it. I felt I had something to give, something to offer and something to share. Those are the main sign posts on that particular map. I discovered that it is a job that I deeply love.

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