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Jonathan Goldberg’s ‘The Wizard Of Wall Street’

"One of the most sinister figures that have ever flitteed at-like across the vision of the American people." Joseph Pulitzer on Jay Gould

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The Wizard of Wall Street is a collaborative effort between Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama and the New York based theatre company Waterwell.

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The Wizard of Wall Street

by Jonathan Goldberg Music by Lauren Cregor Devine Lyrics by Devine, Jonathan Goldberg and Tom Ridgeley Directed by Tom Ridgely Choreography by George Pinney


ndiana University Wells Metz-Theatre

August 26-29. 2010

In collaboration with the New York-based theater company Waterwell, the Indiana University Department of Theater and Drama presents a workshop-style production of The Wizard of Wall Street: The Life and Achievements of Financier/Railroad King Jay Gould.

A Jay Gould Revival

Playwright Jonathan Goldberg and Waterwell’s composer Lauren Devine report thinking that Jay Gould was an important industrialist who had “fallen through the cracks.” To borrow words from the poet Carl Sandburg, Gould was a “player with railroads.”

Waterwell’s director Tom Ridgely graduated from Indiana University in 2002. “I liked it then, and I’m glad to be back now,” Ridgely says. “In some ways The Wizard of Wall Street is a new approach for us. It’s the first time that we’ve worked with a playwright and a worked out piece. The Wells-Meta Theater is quite a facility. It suits our style very well; we’re happy to have the opportunity to work in it.”

Something New

Actor Sean McNall plays the part of Jay Gould. “Although Tom mentions that working with a script for the musical is a new approach for Waterwell, I have to say that working with a script in progress is pretty new for me. Most of my theater work is in classics, where the text is pretty well set. Frankly, it’s been a challenge, but a very rewarding one.”

Listen: WFIU Arts intern Allison Tyra summarizes the project (MP3)

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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  • Anne Mollegen Smith

    Having enjoyed many Waterwell pieces in New York, I wish I were there to see this new one. –Anne Mollegen Smith

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