Actuary Day - reading at IATI Theater

June 18, 2020

Actuary Day opens with Susan, an anthropology professor, alone in a room, the last survivor in a world that has disappeared.  Her only clue to rebuild human civilization is a short video, which offers (she believes) an original myth from which to rebuild.   Jennifer, a risk assessor at The Hartford insurance company and a hidden poet, enters the room.  Susan informs her they must rebuild humanity. Jennifer asks: if they are really charged with rebuilding human civilization, aren’t they missing something?  Just then, Lethe slides into the room on a pole. She, a transgender woman (we find out at an appropriate time) with a PhD in philosophy.  A homeless man, Benedict, wanders into the room. Then the orderlies – Pat and Chris – bustle in.  A bunch of stuff happens which is metaphor for other, deeper stuff.  Then the play ends as the universe began.

About the Playwright

Tom Block is a playwright, author of five books, 25+ year exhibiting visual artist and Founding Producer of New York City’s International Human Rights Art Festival ( His plays have been developed and produced at such venues as the Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Urban Stages, Theater for the New City, IRT Theater, Theater at the 14th Street Y, Athena Theatre Company, Theater Row, A.R.T.-NY, Drama League, Wild Project and many others.  He was the Founding Producer of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010), a Research Fellow at DePaul University (2010), LABA Fellow (NY, 2013-14), Hamiltonian Fellow (2008-09) and recipient of funding/support from more than a dozen foundations and organizations. He has spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East.


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