Jan Kultura, Substitute Teacher, Meets The Crowd

Mister Kultura is filling in for the regular social studies teacher. The students refuse to provide their real names, identifying themselves only by such monikers as "King of My Pants" and "Unique Superstar" while a scheduled guest gives a presentation on the awesomeness of the crowdsourced economy. "[...]two plays that specifically spoke to economic theory, in the same way that...
Mister Kultura is filling in for the regular social studies teacher. The students refuse to provide their real names, identifying themselves only by such monikers as "King of My Pants" and "Unique Superstar" while a scheduled guest gives a presentation on the awesomeness of the crowdsourced economy. "[...]two plays that specifically spoke to economic theory, in the same way that Copenhagen speaks to physics or The Hard Problem speaks to brain science. [...]Clearing Bombs by Eric Samuelson imagines a conversation between two major 20th century economists stuck on a rooftop during WWII and passing the time with a deep but lively economic debate. Jan Kultura, Substitute Teacher, Meets the Crowd by Ian Thal is a short play that essentially presents a case study of crowd sourced creativity as a vehicle to steal ideas from people without having to pay them – well larded with good economic thinking. These stood out to me as good examples of scripts we could stand to have more of." Pete Miller, "Why We Need Plays About Capitalism" in 2am Theatre http://www.2amtheatre.com/2017/02/03/why-we-need-plays-about-capitalism/
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Jan Kultura, Substitute Teacher, Meets The Crowd

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  • Claudia Haas:
    29 Jul. 2015
    This is one high-octane, verbally rich play. The barbs and creative reasoning (appropriate for the "creative economics" debated here) kept me riveted to the page with huge smiles and chuckles. All four characters have the smarts and are engaging and you cannot wait to hear what comes next. As the play draws to a close, you are left with, "Wait? Satire? Or is this a truth about our current economic climate?" Theatres, universities and high schools would all serve this play well. And leave everyone discussing the play.

Development History

  • Reading
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    UptownWorks NYC
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    2015

Production History

  • Fringe
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    Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring MD
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    2016