THE STORY: Set fast on the heels of the Great Recession, microcrisis jumps seamlessly between the U.S., Ghana, and Monaco to depict the world’s next financial crisis. The play hinges on the Nobel Peace Prize-winning concept of microcredit, the small loans to budding entrepreneurs meant to alleviate Third World poverty. This hilarious comedy is about what happens when a banker named Bennett exploits microcredit loans, lumps them into complex financial instruments, and crashes the global economy.
“…the savagery of MICROCRISIS is impressive indeed. …[a] pungent, cautionary tale… this chilly comedy is dynamic theater…” —NY Times. “…Lew’s MICROCRISIS is a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the financially dispossessed. Part political satire and part absurdist romp with a dash of vaudeville thrown in, the play takes the measure of the [global] economic fallout by reflecting it in a fun-house mirror. …Lew’s writing is fresh and zesty… a chilling picture of the destruction wreaked by greed…” —Time Out New York. “clever, witty… a sharp[-]tongue[d] satire of the global economic meltdown… MICROCRISIS is as much modern-day history lesson as it is pointed parody about the subprime mortgage lending debacle…” —ChicagoTheaterBeat.com. “Full of a crazy mix of humor and moral outrage… MICROCRISIS drives home its point and…pays off with a windfall of fun and laughs.” —CurtainUp.com.