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An original comedy by Four Humors about life insurance salesmen at the end of the Roaring 20s and the dark secret they swore to protect
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Starting September 22, 2011, The Loring Theater presents Four Humors Theater's original, world premiere production of The Extraordinary Terms of Ordinary Life, a comedy set in the sky-rocketing world of life insurance salesmen at the end of the Roaring 20s and the dark secret they swore to protect.

An ambitious but naive young man joins the sales force of The Grand Old Life Insurance Company with the hope of one day becoming the General Agent of his own branch. After learning the ropes from the best salesman in the firm and life lessons from his new firebrand sweetheart, he quickly works his way to the top. Despite his success, he learns along the way that things aren’t always what they seem. The powerful board of directors has other plans for him, as well as the company, and he soon finds that the fate of the world depends on him deciding between the financial success he desires and holding on to those he loves.

The new work reinterprets the world of life insurance and an economy on the cusp of collapse by finding new meaning and reasons for the mistakes and actions taken prior to the stock market crash of 1929. The Extraordinary Terms of Ordinary Life tells a playful story about a harsh past while finding humor about the Great Depression during our own Great Recession.

Directed by Ryan Lear, co-creator of the award winning play The Finkles’ Theater Show!!!. Written by Ryan Lear and Matt Spring, co-writer of Four Humors Theater’s Welcome to Dystopia and Live Action Set’s 7 Shot Symphony. Musical Direction by MacPhail Center for Music faculty member, Andrea Leap. Featuring the acting talents of Jon Mac Cole, Andy Kraft, Ryan Nelson, Garrett Volmer, Kat Wodtke and Four Humors Theater company members Alisa Mattson, Rachel Petrie and Mark Rehani.

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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    Equal to one dollar in 1929.

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