“Monetizing Emma” at the NYC Fringe Festival


Monetizing Emma,” a play by Felipe Ossa, is being presented as part of the NYC Fringe Festival. There are two shows left on Sunday, August 22, at 2:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, August 25, at 9:45. Tickets are an insanely-cheap-for-NY-theater $15. About the play:

The year is 2013 and boutique investment bank Thackeray Walsh is arranging the first-ever securitization of smart teenagers. Nothing like the insanely convoluted securities that brought the global economy to its knees in 2008-2009, this bond is backed by something far more valuable than sub-prime mortgages or toxic assets. It’s backed by an A-list pool of adolescents pledging their future earnings. They get money now in return for a share of their subsequent income.

Emma Dorfman’s one of the chosen elite. A shy 15-year-old who most days shuttles between bullies at school, a pushy mom and a fantasy life inspired by Jane Austen, she’s not exactly sure she wants to be “monetized.” But Thackeray Walsh has special plans for her and Emma may be forced to trade her split reality for something doubly scary…and far more adult.

We tried to free up the time to go, but couldn’t manage it; if any Gentle Readers get to see it, we would love a report!

2 thoughts on ““Monetizing Emma” at the NYC Fringe Festival

  1. Jen K

    It was cute but it only had a cheek-kissing acquaintance with Austen. The lead character loves Austen and all such literature, and she is somewhat clueless, but, unlike our Emma, she’s not at all surrounded by well-meaning but flawed people. So cynical and issue-laden (and I mean the author’s issues). But the game was fun, the girls playing Emma and both the mean girls were all very good, and there were definite laughs to be had. Just know that if you have extensive business experience, especially in finance, you should probably bring a bite stick. Or a buzzword bingo card! But my curiosity is satisfied, and I’m not sorry I went.


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