The Power of Yes: A Dramatist Seeks to Understand the Financial Crisis

The Power of Yes: A Dramatist Seeks to Understand the Financial Crisis

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By (author) David Hare

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Plays
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 194mm x 8mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571254683
  • ISBN 13: 9780571254682
  • Sales rank: 196,904

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On 15 September 2008, capitalism came to a grinding halt. As sub-prime mortgages and toxic securities continued to dominate the headlines well into 2009, the National Theatre asked David Hare to write an urgent and immediate work that sought to find out what had happened, and why. Capitalism works when greed and fear are in the correct balance. This time they got out of balance. Too much greed, not enough fear. Meeting with many of the key players from the financial world, David Hare, author of "The Permanent Way and Stuff Happens", has created "The Power of Yes": a compelling narrative, as enlightening as it is entertaining. It's like a ship which you're being told is in apple-pie order, the decks are cleaned, the metal is burnished, the only thing nobody mentions, it's being driven at full speed towards an iceberg. Not so much a play as a jaw-dropping account of how, as the banks went bust, capitalism was replaced by a socialism that bailed out the rich alone. "The Power of Yes" opened at the National Theatre, London, in September 2009.

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David Hare was born in Sussex in 1947. He is the author of twenty-eight plays for the stage, sixteen of which have been presented at the National Theatre. They include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, The Absence of War, Skylight, Amy's View, The Blue Room (from Schnitzler), The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsemane, The Power of Yes and South Downs. He has also written English adaptations of plays by Brecht, Gorky, Chekhov, Pirandello and Lorca. His many screenplays for film and television include Licking Hitler, Wetherby, Damage, The Hours, The Reader and Page Eight.