WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Equation, a play of excavation by Charles S. Waxberg In our time of soaring unemployment, sketchy Wall Street practices, and increasingly vast income polarity, the examination of a capitalistic economy and what it does to humanity asks to be explored. Originally commissioned by the UNITAS Theatre Co. of Los Angeles who felt the plays themes were too controversial for a new company, the workshop was produced nevertheless by the cast and crew and since revised by its author. Told through reverse chronology in Depression-era New York City with layered scenes in a nearby town house one generation later, The Equation engages the audience in a "how-done-it" about a birth rather than a death. This period "play of excavation" reveals a physician and his wife who attempt to adopt the infant son of a Russian woman desperate to give her child a shot at the American Dream glittering impossibly beyond her grasp.