In the mid-1970s, the New York exchange system was brutally disrupted, or at least thoroughly shaken, when a new player stormed onto the market.
JR Vansandt was smart, ruthless and… barely eleven years old. Devoid of any moral sense and concealed behind a small army of frontmen, lawyers and spin doctors, this brat got his invisible claws into Wall Street and wreaked real havoc among his competitors, the stock market in general, the American and global political system, and also people who had nothing to do with the business at all. He would have been Warren Buffet’s worst nightmare, if he had really existed.
Willian Gaddis is considered one of the most influential writers in postmodern American literature. JR is his experimental magnum opus and is a complex and occasionally hilarious satire on capitalism. This novel provides the basis for FC Bergmans’ play about people who are too fragile for the environment they find themselves in. People who fruitlessly try to give shape to their lives, becoming unable to distinguish the important from the insignificant, and overreach themselves in their race with eternity.
JR is a production on location, with a minefield of lives, relations and incidents as its setting.
JR is a co-production between Toneelhuis, NTGent & KVS.