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"Lacerating...nuanced...extraordinarily timely." ~Time Out New York

After throwing himself a lavish engagement party in the same week that his private equity firm forced job cuts at a national retailer, Rick is facing a PR disaster complete with angry protesters...



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Get your headphones out and listen to this fantastic radio review of DRY POWDER by KPFA's Richard Wolinsky. We now play until July 29th! https://kpfa.org/area941/episode/review-dry-powder-at-aurora-theatre-company/

KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky reviews "Dry Powder," written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Jennifer King, at Aurora Theatre Company through July 22, 2018.
Our final cast profile, DRY POWDER-style, is actor Jeremy Kahn. Jeremy plays Seth, a managing director great at sniffing out potential deals, but at war with his own conscious in this financial morality tale. Once again, Aurora intern Julia Netzer asks some intriguing questions to help us dive deeper into the play and Jeremy's relation to it. Julia Netzer: What qualities of your character do you see in yourself? Jeremy Kahn: I think we’re similar in a lot of ways. Both of us are incredibly ambitious and career-focused, but still able to enjoy the little things. Of course, the “little things” for Seth are going out on his yacht or taking a trip to Italy, whereas my little things are hiking in Tilden or eating my favorite sandwich. But it’s the same idea. JN: Do you have any relationship to the finance world? Have you learned anything about this world working on Dry Powder? JK: I really don’t. I participate in the Actors’ Equity Association 401k. Does that count? I’ve certainly learned a ton working on this play. And there is some tiny part of me that feels like I might enjoy working in finance, but honestly, the concept of a buy-out based private equity firm makes me pretty sick to my stomach. JN: What do you feel is the significance of doing this particular show in Berkeley at this time? JK: When I leave the theatre every night and walk to my car I pass people sleeping in the doorways of almost every storefront. Yet here we are in downtown Berkeley, where UC students pay massive tuitions and rent apartments in the most expensive housing market in the country. The economic disparity is playing out in front of us loud and clear. Dry Powder demonstrates what happens when people work the system to it’s extreme. It’s a window into a world that more of us need to become of aware of. It’s a terrifying world, but it’s one that we can change. JN: Is there anything else you'd like Aurora fans to know? JK: I’m so happy to be back at Aurora working on this project. It’s a beautiful script and a lovely team. Come see what all the fuss is about. DRY POWDER is now extended until July 29th!

Today's DRY POWDER profile is of actor Kevin Kemp. Kevin plays Jeff, the outsider in this shark-infested New York City world of finance, being the CEO of an American luggage company based in Sacramento. Kevin answered these questions from our intern Julia about his character and himself. Julia Netzer:. What qualities of your character do you see in yourself? Kevin Kemp: It is always tricky to know if the characteristics that you see in your role are intrinsic in the writing, or placed there by your subconscious knowing you are going to play this role! As actors whenever we read a script, knowing we are about to play that part, we are already placing ourselves in that situation, finding ourselves in the writing, and so naturally our character acquires our qualities. In a way, the character has all of my qualities, because there is no character. There is just me, in this fictional circumstance, choosing to believe that it is true. JN: Do you have any relationship to the finance world? Have you learned anything about this world working on Dry Powder? KK: I studied business as part of my higher education training whilst at college, before ultimately going to drama school, but that was all the knowledge I had. Whilst conducting research for this play I learned a huge amount! It was like a crash course in finance and business! I had to research the meaning of all the terms in the play, and then try to understand the context of how they were being used in the story. I spoke to a number of business owners in order to better understand their world and watched documentaries to further that knowledge. Once we entered rehearsal, we worked together to ensure that we were on the same page, and had a tight grasp of all the language. It was an awesome ride, one that I hope the audience can really enjoy with us! JN. What do you feel is the significance of doing this particular show in Berkeley at this time? KK: I love this script. I have never worked on a script like it. It is bold in scope and eloquent in execution. Plus it is really funny! So I feel that it is significant purely in its originality. However further to this, I think that there are two main themes that really stick out to me. I don't want to say too much, as I think the play explores these with more nuance than I possibly can. One is privilege. Characters in the play talk about their high levels of education and the obscene amounts of money they make seemingly unaware how without one it can be impossible to obtain the other. In the next breath, they blame the unemployed, in a common rhetoric heard often from our television sets. The play highlights well male privilege also, showing our female lead, performing her tasks with perfection, while continuously apologizing and villainized for her actions. The other theme that strikes me is corruption. It runs swiftly and confidently through the script. As has been said of monarchs, emperors and dictators of the past and perhaps can be said of today's super-rich "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" - Lord Acton, 1887 JN:.Is there anything else you'd like Aurora fans to know? KK: I love this show. I love this creative team. I love this theatre. Come and share it with us! Thanks, Kevin - check again Monday for our final profile, actor Jeremey Kahn!

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