The Extraordinary Terms of Ordinary Life: New Comedy About 1920s Life Insurance Sales
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Legend has it that Sidney Poitier was so moved by the story of The Lilies of the Field that he waived his usual salary -- not knowing he would later win worldwide fame (and an Oscar) for his portrayal of the hard-headed Homer Smith. From the moment it was published as a novel by William E. Barret, The Lilies of the Field has had a special effect on people. Experience it yourself when Open Window Theatre presents this heart-warming stage adaptation. Headed west in search of a new beginning in the mid-1950s, black Southern Baptist itinerant worker Homer Smith encounters a group of Catholic nuns scratching out an existence in the remote Southwest. Mother Maria Marthe, convinced that Homer was sent to them by God to build them a chapel, persuades him to stay (without pay) and take on this seemingly impossible task. The faith of all are tested, proving that friendships and miracles alike come in all forms. Learn More
Directed By Ryan Lear
Written by Ryan Lear and Matt Spring _
The Extraordinary Terms of Ordinary Life_ is inspired by a vintage life insurance training manual and other depression-era insurance publications found at a garage sale by director Ryan Lear. According to Lear, “the
manual contained a series of training scripts for new salesmen that were written in a language that was bright and cheerful, portraying an attitude that things could only get better, completely oblivious to the catastrophe that loomed only months ahead. They provided a glimpse into the mentality and the optimism of the era and an environment rich for salesmen where all clients are unfailingly optimistic about the future. In short, it sounded a
lot like the years leading up to the current financial crisis. I’m extremely excited to dive into that world with the help of the stellar cast we’ve assembled and the live jazz ensemble that will be bringing us back to that era.”
The new work reinterprets the world of life insurance and an economy on the cusp of collapse by finding new meaning and reasons for the mistakes and actions taken prior to the stock market crash of 1929. The Extraordinary Terms of Ordinary Life tells a playful story about a harsh past while finding humor about the Great Depression during our own Great Recession.