New York City, 1928. Master thief Mac must join an FBI sting operation against a cadre of corrupt bankers. Music, murder, and mayhem ensue, both at the speakeasy where criminals scheme and on Wall Street where financiers conspire. This satirical play with songs exposes the world of corporate crime and, like The Beggar's Opera of 1728 that inspired it, challenges the conservatism that is increasingly apparent today.
George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and widely produced playwrights. His work has been honoured with eight Chalmers Awards and five Dora Awards. His plays Criminals in Love and Nothing Sacred each won Governor General’s Awards for Drama. Productions of Nothing Sacred (1988) and Love and Anger (1990) have met with great success in the United States in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago. Zastrozzi has had over 100 productions in the English-speaking world. Problem Child, included in the anthology Suburban Motel (1998), won a Chalmers Award for Best New Play. Two packaged collections of Walker’s work were published in 1998: Somewhere Else (1998) and The East End Plays: Part Two (1998).
In 1999, Talonbooks released The East End Plays: Part One (which includes Criminals in Love, the Chalmer’s Award-winning Better Living, and Escape from Happiness) and The Power Plays (a collection containing Gossip, Filthy Rich, and The Art of War).
Many of Walker’s plays have been translated into German, French, Hebrew, Turkish, Polish and Czech. He has spent the past several years writing for television including CBS’s Due South and CBC’s The Newsroom.
“… slick … entertaining … I loved John Roby’s razz-a-ma-tazzy Jazz Age score, peppy and tuneful” – Richard Ouzounian, The Star
“a tangled web of treachery, deception, and cold-blooded murder, complete with a fair share of gunfire and stabbing. In other words, a little for the whole family.” – TorontoStage.com
“A charming gangsta rhapsody…” – PressPlus1.com