“One holds property only by the courtesy of those who do not seize it.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“Lower Debt” takes place in the here and now, present day America. Our current economic crisis and its residual effects have touched us all. “Debt” intends to mirror this place in time and tell the story of a group of citizens who have no other place to live except in a tent or on the ground atop a vacant lot beneath the scorching sun out west. Meet the residents of this “tent city” on Monday, October 19th when we showcase the play at the Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater. Reservations can be made here.
The collective of artists involved in the workshop were tasked with an assignment over the past couple days to bring in stories, articles, music, pictures, videos, etc., to expand the conversation that the characters in the play spark. Below are some of the links we’ve gathered together that aims to inspire and guide us as we sprinkle texture and add depth to the piece.
Blog Article: Homeless “Tent City” in Harlem Ends in Arrests
Blog Article: Homeless man evicted from under Chicago LSD bridge
CNN Money Article: Too broke to bury their dead
NY Times Article: Aware of the Homeless? Well, You Could Say That
Time Article from 1975: Can Capitalism Survive? (Time Magazine 1975)
Chicago Public Radio Story: Homeless in Chicago: Calling a Patch of Grass ‘Home’
Documentary Story: Peter Jennings Reporting – Breakdown: America’s Health Insurance Crisis
Video Story: Tent City, USA
Documentary Clip: Dark Days by Mark Singer
Documentary: Maxed Out
Additional resources can be found in earlier entries on this blog and we will continue to populate this space with other resources we gather, along with candid scenes from our workshop process. More at www.livewirechicago.com