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Financial Slavery: The College Debt Sentence (FringeNYC)

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: What would you sell for a college education? Follow Deric, Sandra and Emilia striving for the American Dream - from trading meal swipes for textbooks to With tuition rising 428%, college students are drowning. Is our nation throwing us overboard? More…

Categories: Spoken Word/Poetry, FringeHIGH, Drama, Local. From Strength out of Shadows. Written by Alyea Pierce. Directed by Jennifer Little. Choreographed by Jennifer Little.

College students in America are drowning? With an average debt of $35,000 post bachelor degree, the question is -- is our country throwing our future overboard? "Financial Slavery" asks us, what are you willing to sacrifice for your higher education? Is $35,000 a manageable amount of money to owe when just starting life at 21?

Follow our students, as they share real stories from around the country; trading meal swipes for text book copies; contemplating sugar as a tuition option; and hiding from debt collectors as their debt rises.

In this pivotal political time, when both the populace and the politicians are debating about how to fix an education system that leaves our young people $30,000 or more in debt; this piece's time is now. And the New York Fringe Festival's 20th Anniversay event recognizes that Today Is The Day!

This show utilizes live interaction with the audience through camera and media. In addition, there is a 40 minute post show workshop (including in the running time), during which the audience participates with the actors around the issue of student loan debt.

July 11th, 2015
for a previous production "Rarely do more straightforward, traditional forms of storytelling hit on such urgent issues with such acute honesty and unfettered personal insight as. The writer, Alyea Pierce, and the cast of vibrant young actors are the steel spinal cord of the show…Directors Jennifer Little and Michael Pinni...
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