DECEMBER 18, 1987, THE NINE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TED GREENBERG’S OVERDUE COLLEGE PAPER.
Ted drives a NYC cab with one screaming deadline in front of him: he must turn in the paper by midnight or his long cherished degree-pending status at Harvard will be snatched away. Forever.
It will take a wild ride through NYC and his past, and ultimately confronting his financial-titan dad before he’s able to come to grips with an eight-to-ten-pager on Edmund Spenser’s 500-year-old unfinished epic poem, The Fairie Queene.
Ace is a brisk comedy written and performed by Emmy Award-winning Letterman writer Ted Greenberg.
Emmy Award-winning Letterman writer Ted Greenberg takes us back to December 18, 1987 in his taxi cab — a pivotal moment in the young Harvard student’s life. It’s the nine-year anniversary of his overdue paper on Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. It’s not that it’s taken him nine years to write a paper, it’s just that other things kept getting in the way: college life, drinking, philosophizing, pontificating, and being the son of Wall Street heavy Alan Courtney “Ace” Greenberg, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Written and performed by Ted Greenberg, Ace is now showing at The Marjorie S. Deane Theater. Greenberg holds his own in this superbly written one-man show full of first-hand accounts and inside peaks into the financial goings-on in New York City at that time. He presents us with the premise of his predicament: turn the paper in by midnight or lose his chance to graduate from Harvard. Sounds simple enough. Just write the paper, Ted. But there’s other important factors to consider. His side-job as a taxi driver has also instilled in him the passionate goal to break the NYC cabbies’ record of 50 fares in one day. Challenge accepted. F …Read more