Marathon Dancing – Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense
Eugene Lang College is proud to present the Spring Theater Production:
Conceived and Directed by Zishan Ugurlu, Marathon Dancing – Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense explores marathon dancing, which was a popular form of an endurance contest in the 1920s and applies it to the current economic crisis. The play is an adaptation of Horace McCoy’s novel, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? which portrays the grueling and competitive world of dance marathons. Like The Hunger Games, which pulls from the tradition of Roman gladiatorial games and reality television, dance marathons were entered in order to win monetary prizes or achieve fame.
The play also combines letters which will be read in person by the Americans who, angered by unfair treatment, wrote directly to executives and directors of large banks after the crisis in 2008. Marathon Dancing portrays frustrated citizens who are suffering from sudden financial ruin, which forces violence that is directed both toward others as well as toward ourselves and makes us question if life should have some more dignity.
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