BANKRUPT (A Comedy almost a musical)
Music by The Peptides
February 27–March 14, 2015 (previews February 25–26) at The Gladstone Theatre, Ottawa
Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Directed by Kevin Orr
Musical Director Scott Irving
Starring Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Richard Gélinas, Teri Loretto-Valentik and Diego Arvelo
Set and Lighting Design: Dave Magladry
Costume Design: Vanessa Imeson
Stage Manager: Jess Preece
Assistant Stage Managers & Chorus: Rebecca Beardsley & Heidi Spicer
A dirty, sexy new musical comedy about the high price of low finance. Anna, deep in debt, decides that bankruptcy is her only option. She meets with bankruptcy trustee James Larson, whose dry, uncaring information about the bankruptcy process hits poor Anna like a cold shower after a hot day of shopping. In order to avoid a life without Louis Vuitton, Anna takes up an ancient profession that promises a lot of income in a short amount of time. This intertwines her fate with that of James, his ex-wife and their son, in a series of hilarious and unexpectedly sexy ways.
Ms. Turple began writing the original French version of Bankrupt in 2011 (Banqueroute). The play received dramaturgical support from Robert Marinier and Theatre 4.669 leading to the suggestion that it be translated into English. It was. In 2013 the English version was workshopped during Theatre 4.669’s annual Summer Creators Lab. Participating were playwright Stéphanie Turple, Artistic Director Kevin Orr, dramaturge Robert Marinier, and actors Andy Massingham, Sarah Finn, Teri Loretto Valentic, and Diego Arvelo. In late fall 2013 Theatre 4.669 proposed Bankrupt to Plosive Productions and they accepted it to be part of their 2014/15 season.