How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes

(with 199 people you may or may not know)

Conceived and directed by Michael Rohd

May 15-25, 2013

  • Summary
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This is not a play; it is not a lecture; it is not an interactive workshop; it is not a physical theatre piece; it is not a public conversation. How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes is all of these things. Most significantly, it’s an opportunity to challenge a different audience every show with the question: how do you attack the problem of poverty in America? Over the course of 90 minutes, the audience will listen, explore and ultimately choose how to spend $1,000 from ticket sales that will be sitting onstage in cash. It is an experiment in dialogue, in collective decision-making, in shared responsibility and in the potential for art to help us make our world a better place. Spectacularly eclectic in form, often delightful and occasionally uncomfortable, How to End Poverty will engage student and Chicago-area audiences alongside community experts. Come spend with us.

This production is sponsored in part by a grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern. Partially supported by a grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts Committee at Northwestern University. Supported by an Innovations grant from the Northwestern University School of Communications.

Photo credit: Ned Baker in The Little Prince (2012), photo by

Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston (directions)

Theater seating [pdf]


May 2013

    Opening Night

    Performance Date

    Student Matinee at 10 a.m.

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$25 general public;
$22 seniors (over 62), NU faculty/staff, educators;
$10 full-time students;
$5 NU students (advance purchase only, $10 at the door)

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