THE STORY: Abandoned as an infant, Jim Trewitt finds little affection for anyone or anything, except his own self-advancement. After a chance encounter with Adam Smith, Jim decides to put his faith in the free market, becoming America’s first laissez-faire capitalist. Soon his path to riches becomes entangled with that of an educated slave, who knows from experience that one person’s profit is another’s loss. From Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris comes an epic parable about the cost of inequality.
“This latest offering from the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park sustains the bustle, buoyancy and unblinking bawdiness of novels like Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones.” —NY Times. “…[a] rancid, rollicking picaresque…Its parody of the classic young-man-sets-out-to-make-his-fortune story is smart, well-crafted…[and] darkly funny…THE LOW ROAD is full of articulate fury, and articulate villainy too.” —NY Magazine. “In his sensationally prickly and entertaining new play…Bruce Norris follows the money as it takes him down twisting and treacherous paths…Norris aims liberating arrows of skepticism at a diverse range of targets. Colonial America, colonies of bees, slavery, charity, piety, hypocrisy, highway robbery, financial chicanery, income inequality: These are just a few of the concerns in which THE LOW ROAD invests its satire.” —Time Out (New York).