Dry Powder

By Sarah Burgess

The Area Premiere

Directed by Michaela Johnson

Starring (in order of appearance): Robert Dorfman* (Rick), Sara Marsh* (Jenny), Alex Galick* (Seth), and Darrick Mosley* (Jeff Schrader)

Presented at Artspace’s Grain Belt Warehouse

Creative team: Rachael Rhoades* (Stage Manager), Mary Shabatura (Lighting Designer), Lisa Jones (Costume Designer), C Andrew Mayer (Sound Designer), Michael James (Technical Director), and Adelin Phelps** (Understudy: Jenny)

Production Photos: Thomas John Wallace

“Very much a showcase for a talented quartet of actors, ‘Dry Powder’ is largely a series of two- or three-person debates […] [Robert] Dorfman, recognizing that even a shark needs a modicum of charm to get anything done, plays Rick as oddly bemused, delivering his sarcastic barbs with a musical quality […] Jenny, who proudly proclaims, “I have few beliefs,” is a snide corporate apologist who, at one point, insists, ‘I am sitting down’ when she is standing. It’s an entertaining bit because [Sara] Marsh delivers the nonsensical line so it’s clear that Jenny isn’t nuts; she’s establishing her privilege to assert that black is white.”

— Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune

“…the play is smartly cast, with Robert Dorfman as Rick, the rapacious, mendacious head of the firm; Sara Marsh and Alex Galick as Jenny and Seth, his competitive, manipulative minions (D&S is Marsh’s theater; she’s the founder and artistic director); and Darrick Mosley as Jeff, the man who owns the California-based luggage company they mean to acquire. […] As always, D&S, which uses what little money it has to pay the actors, strips the production down to bare essentials…The play is in your face and almost in your lap. ‘Dry Powder’ is loaded with rapid-fire financial jargon, but you don’t need to understand it to grasp what’s going on. This is the world we live in. The satisfaction of seeing such a play lies in its execution.”

— Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

“In their shared scenes, [Alex] Galick and [Darrick] Mosley bring the show to life with a crisp urgency. Jeff is a man of principle, but he hears the sound of money. As Mosley palms his lowball and looks sideways at Galick, we…hear it too.”

— Jay Gabler, City Pages

Dry Powder is anchored by [Robert] Dorfman who perfectly encapsulates everything we imagine a wealthy, hardworking, and perhaps out-of-touch aging CEO to be. Alex Galick is excellent as the young protégé, unwavering in his belief that his way is the right way in every sense of the word. [Darrick] Mosely as Jeff is charismatic and refreshingly optimistic when pitted against Seth, Rick, and Jenny, and lights up every scene he’s in. Sara Marsh is believably every woman forced to play in an overwhelmingly male-dominated field. Hardened, maybe, shrewd, sure, but only because it’s obvious she would not be taken seriously any other way…Dry Powder is not a play about right and wrong. When there are millions on the table, right and wrong are replaced with maximum returns, bonuses, and potential growth. There are no heroes of the play.”

— Kay Vandette, How Was The Show?

“As always with Dark and Stormy, there are great performances by a terrific small cast, seen up close and personal […] Robert Dorfman is always fun to watch, as he is here as the boss Rick, making it hard to know if he's a good guy or a bad guy. Sara Marsh is wickedly funny (or maybe just wicked) as the smart and serious Jenny, while Alex Galick gets to show a little more humanity, albeit conflicted, as Seth (I do like that the woman is the heartless pragmatist while the man is the sensitive one concerned about people, in a reversal of the usual gender stereotypes). Also great is Darrick Mosley as the nice guy CEO of the luggage company […] It's not so much a forget your troubles kind of comedy, more of a laugh at the troubles of the world because if you don't you'll cry.”

— Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon

Photo: Megan Engeseth | MUA: Crist Ballas | Kevin Cannon

Photo: Megan Engeseth | MUA: Crist Ballas | Kevin Cannon

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association