Newly Published Play!

THE TRADE FEDERATION, OR, LET'S EXPLORE GLOBALIZATION THROUGH THE STAR WARS PREQUELS

A young experimental playwright named Andy Boyd pitches George Lucas his screenplay for a new Star Wars film. The concept: a prequel to the prequels that fleshes out the economic and social implications of the mysterious Trade Federation. Andy’s script is a full-on Marxist allegory where The Trade Federation is The International Monetary Fund, the Gungans are the Zapatistas, and the Jedi are an international community reluctant to push for any real structural change – the UN, basically. Lucas thinks the movie sounds really boring and unceremoniously kicks Andy out of his office. Then things really get weird.

 

Flexible casting, (minimum 7 people), 60 minutes
 

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“The Trade Federation is a joyous celebration of the most boring, asinine parts of some of the most widely hated films ever made. At the exact same time, it's also a cutting critique of global capitalism, the IMF, and contemporary colonialism. It also has one of the only moments of audience participation I have ever enjoyed in a theater.”

BEN FERBER, MAXAMOO THEATER AND PERFORMANCE PODCAST

[River Rouge] is red as hell, and damn proud of it, too. What is perhaps most fascinating about what this show had to say on a political level, though, is that it refuses to oversimplify complex debates which were relevant in the early 1930s and which remain relevant today…Boyd gives these conversations and debates the nuance that they deserve, and the work and the political statements that it seeks to deliver are all the more interesting because of that.

BWOG, COLUMBIA STUDENT NEWS

Ultimately, [Bitch: A Play About Antigone] beats idealism bloody. Everyone is hiding something, even while they air their opponent’s dirty laundry in the name of transparency. 

WASHINGTON CITY PAPER

 

[Acres of Diamonds] abounds in sharp dialogue that spans the whole spectrum of adolescent and adult worry while still adeptly leaving much unsaid.

THE HARVARD CRIMSON

 

© 2016 by Andrew Boyd.