Here are some details about my play “Seize The Initiative: A romantic comedy about falling in love… with democracy”:

  • Stage reading at University of South Dakota on W April 24, 4-6pm: Details and sign-up here. (FYI a stage reading is an early run-through with actors sitting on the stage reading from scripts.)
  • Bonus: Free economics comedy show in Seattle on Sat April 27, 8pm: I’ll be performing at the Seattle Farm on Saturday April 27 at 8pm! It’s a beautiful venue that’s apparently full of economics comedy fans too! If you want to join the fun (and enjoy Willie’s BBQ) please email me (yoram@standupeconomist.com) or fill out their contact form to see if they have space for you!
  • Stage reading in Seattle on Sun April, 28 2-4pm (at UW, exactly location TBD): Please email me (yoram@standupeconomist.com) if you want to come and/or check back here for details. And if you want to be on stage (or know somebody who does) then we might be looking for a few more actors!
  • Possible bonus stage reading in Seattle on Mon April 29 (time and location TBD): Please email me (yoram@standupeconomist.com) if you want to come and/or check back here for details. And if you want to be on stage (or know somebody who does) then we might be looking for a few more actors!
  • Production schedule: We’re aiming to do more readings in Utah in April and 2024, then auditions in Utah in May 2024, then a production in Utah (hopefully at Salt Lake Fringe) in summer 2024, then productions elsewhere in Utah (and maybe beyond!) in the fall of 2024. To stay in the loop, please email me (yoram@standupeconomist.com) or support Kickstarter campaign (through May 30, 2024). Please help bring this to life!
  • Here’s the script (comments welcome via email or use the Comment feature in the doc itself!) and here’s additional notes (older versions, notes from readings, etc.). And here’s ad-style summaries:

10-second-ad-style summary: 

  • NIKKI: What I’m worried about is: you know how some men, they’re only after one thing?
  • GRACE: Mm.
  • NIKKI: What if he’s like that, but with signature-gathering?

30-second-ad-style summary: 

  1. Close-up on SAUL: “I meet hundreds of women every day…” 
  2. Zoom out to show that SAUL is wearing a campaign sandwich board and speaking at a campaign training session: “…and I flirt with them.” 
  3. Different camera angle, still on SAUL: “At best you could meet the love of your life…” 
  4. Cut to GRACE, who (with NIKKI) is waiting to enter a concert venue and is speaking to SAUL, who is collecting signatures from them: “We’ve got an extra ticket to the show, want to come?”
  5. Cut to NIKKI, responding to GRACE: “Wait, you’re inviting Jimmy John to join us?”
  6. Back to SAUL at the training session: “…at worst you could find somebody to rope into volunteering on the campaign.” 
  7. Cut to GRACE, flirting with SAUL outside the concert venue: “I would like to see what you look like without a sandwich board.”
  8. Cut to SAUL, responding to GRACE: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’d like to see what you look like with a sandwich board.”
  9. Voice-over narrator: From the world’s first and only stand-up economist… 
  10. Cut to GRACE, talking to NIKKI: “Did you know that Oklahoma had a ballot measure in 1992 to require random drug testing of elected officials?”
  11. Voice-over narrator: …comes a romantic comedy…
  12.  Cut to KATHERINE, speaking to SAUL: “I know, I know. You’re just putting the ‘action’ into climate action.”
  13. Voice-over narrator: …about falling in love… 
  14. Cut to LANCE, at a wedding giving a toast: “I recently had a vasectomy…”
  15. Voice-over narrator: …with democracy.
  16. Cut to KATHERINE, speaking to GRACE and SAUL: “I’m going to tell it to you straight: this campaign is doomed.”