The Low Road
Published by Nick Hern Books
Large Mixed Cast
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From the author of the multi-award winning Clybourne Park, this darkly comic fable of free-market economics and cut-throat capitalism grapples with the workings of our financial markets through the medium of an epic tale set largely within 18th-century America...
Our narrator-host is Adam Smith, the Scottish advocate of laissez-faire economics, who steers us through the extraordinary story of two men whose lives become inextricably linked:
Picaresque young entrepreneur Jim, who sets out on a quest for wealth from his rough beginnings in a brothel, ruthlessly employing his aptitude for mathematics and ability to cheat people
And John Blanke, an African slave who becomes an educated man with a hunger for freedom and instinct for charity
Together, this odd couple career through an America fighting for independence
"The most ambitious play I have ever worked on" ~ Dominic Cooke, Artistic director of the Royal Court
"Blackly funny, a ripping yarn, like a fantastic Barry Lyndon-esque moral tale ...
It's a great story that encompasses all of those issues but in a fantastic narrative and in characters that have emotional resonance, rather than just a presentation of the facts" ~ Johnny Flynn