© Copyright 2018 by Jennifer Jolley 

The Bubble

MUSIC BY

Jennifer Jolley

LIBRETTO BY

Kendall A

FIRST PERFORMANCE

May 29–June 6, 2013 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati as part of the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Cincinnati, OH by the North American New Music Workshop, Tyler Catlen, conductor. Original stage production by Kendall A.

 

ROLES

The Ditz: non-singing/speaking dancer

The Dean/Mortgage Broker: tenor

The Banker: tenor

The Landlord/Realtor: baritone

The Financier: baritone

DURATION

20 minutes

PROGRAM NOTE

THE BUBBLE is about the build-up of the U.S. housing market before its devastating collapse. In it, a college co-ed called simply "The Ditz" literally stumbles into the purchase of a house with nothing more than her student loan money. The four supporting roles (The Dean/Mortgage Broker, The Banker, The Landlord/Realtor, The Financier) represent various parts of the easy lending establishment that created the bubble, and become a sort of bankershop quartet as The Ditz gets put through their paces. The comedy is ribald (a metaphor for the base, unthinking greed of the times) and meant to be reminiscent of Vaudeville or silent film era slapstick.