Chicago Boys


October 27 – November 6, 2011 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Set in the 1970s in Chicago and Santiago, Chile, this new plays tells the story of Joe, a young American economist and protégé of legendary University of Chicago professor Milton Friedman, who travels to Chile to promote free-market economics. When a coup erupts and political power shifts, mass killings and disappearances soon follow, and the new military regime enlists los Chicago Boys—a group of Chilean economists trained at the University of Chicago—to help them develop a capitalist economy. Joe's allegiances should be clear, but when he falls in love with a woman whose brother is one of the disappeared, he quickly finds that theory and practice collide in a very messy world.

  • Nov 01 2011
    The Real Chicago Boys  

    The Real Chicago Boys

    Chicago Boys, Economics, New Stages Amplified

    Chicago Boys, the second play in our New Stages Amplified series, explores the economic policies that shaped the 1973 Chilean coup d’état. Named after a group of young Chilean economists who trained largely under the renowned economist Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago or the affiliate Catholic University of Chile, Chicago Boys offers a glimpse into the revolutionary ideas that went on to form the foundations of Chilean economic policy under the regime of Augusto Pinochet.