• Search The Shaw Festival’s News Room

Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money currently in previews at the Shaw Festival

“Greed is all right. Greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.”

Media Release #20 

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, August 9, 2010…. Serious Money, contemporary Shavian playwright Caryl Churchill’s prescient look at corporate greed and financial excess, à la the 1980’s, is currently in previews at the Shaw Festival’s Studio Theatre. Eda Holmes directs this amazingly timely satirical ride through a world of financial empire building, where sacrificing kith and kin is the norm and making a profit is the only reason for existing.

Rhyming verses, songs, flashbacks and the colourful language of “serious money-speak” bring the London Stock Market of the 1980’s to life. The intertwining dramatic narratives of commercial paper dealer Jake Todd’s (Ken James Stewart) murder and corporate raider Billy Corman’s (Graeme Somerville) attempt to take over Albion Products exposes the complexity and unscrupulousness of insider trading. Convinced her brother was murdered, Scilla Todd (Marla McLean), takes it upon herself to find, not only her brother’s killer, but also how he was making “serious money”. 

Serious Money also features Ali Momen as the banker “Zac” Zackerman, with Anthony Bekenn, Kyle Blair, Lisa Codrington, Nicolá Correia-Damude, Julia Course, Ijeoma Emesowum, Lorne Kennedy, Billy Lake, Colin Lepage, Ben Sanders, David Schurmann, Steven Sutcliffe, Helen Taylor and Kelly Wong.

Serious Money is designed by Peter Hartwell, with lighting design by Kevin Lamotte and musical direction and sound design by Reza Jacobs. Stage manager for Serious Money is Allan Teichman.

Considered one of today’s most eminent and provocative playwrights, Caryl Churchill has explored issues of modern life often in unconventional ways. Like Bernard Shaw before her, Churchill’s commitment to questioning the status quo is continually present in all her plays.

First staged at the Royal Court in 1987, Serious Money was directed by Max Stafford-Clark and starred Gary Oldman. Churchill wrote the play after visiting LIFFE, the London Stock Exchange and Metal Exchange and spent weeks immersed in the Financial Times. It won both the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the Obie for Best New American play.

Serious Money began preview performances on Saturday, July 31, opens Saturday, August 14 and plays in repertory until Sunday, September 12.

Serious Money is sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

The Shaw Festival 2010 season runs until November 14 and also features An Ideal Husband, Harvey, The Women, The Cherry Orchard, One Touch of Venus, The Doctor’s Dilemma, John Bull’s Other Island, Half an Hour and Age of Arousal.


In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224

Bookmark and Share

Comments are closed.