SYNOPSIS: This world premiere is set at an elite American university, where a distinguished professor of history has just been nominated for a prestigious award. But the attention over that nomination has cast a confusing light on his academic credentials, with career-changing consequences for the professor, his wife, his graduate assistant and the students he teaches. A riveting examination of personal and professional ethics, as well as of the proper mission of higher education in America, Two Dollar Bill has the kind of ripped-from-the headlines timeliness that is sure to inspire social media discussions and dinner table debates among the audiences who see it.
LANGUAGE: The current draft of Two Dollar Bill, which is still being worked on by the playwright, contains the occasional use of strong language, although nothing that would result in a rating stronger than PG-13.
This language includes the frequent use of “damn” or “dammit,” several uses of “shit” or “bullshit,” and several uses of “Jesus” and “hell.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: None.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?: Two Dollar Bill is suitable for most general audiences, and for teenaged children. The ethical questions raised by the play will certainly be of interest to, and instructive for, student audiences, although children under the age of ten might not understand the issues the play raises. The small amount of language should not be discomfiting except to very conservative audience members.
RATING: If it were a movie, Two Dollar Bill would be rated “PG-13.”