The Versailles: A Reading of a New Comedy

What’s funny about the great recession?
It’s 2008, and the residents of “The Versailles,” a huge luxury condo complex plopped down in the middle of inner-city Philly, band together when their landlord goes AWOL, their neighbors start defecting, and the power goes off. Both a hilarious satire and a fascinating study of what happens to civilization when its comforts are stripped away—urban camping, righteous theft, yuppies with food stamps—this new comedy caputres the feeling of desperation at the height of the Great Recession and mercilessly skewers the hypocrisy and wishful thinking that got us there.

I’m reading this play with a talented group of actors at the storied Theatricum Botanicum this Sunday. Here are the details:

The Versailles by Erica Jones
Directed by William Dennis Hunt

Sunday, June 12 at 11am

Theatricum Botannicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
(Donations welcome.)

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