Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Company is coming to Montclair State University as part of its Peak Performance series. Tomorrow night after the show, I'll be conducting a talk with director Dan Rothenberg. (I'm Peak Perf's Public Dramaturge.) The show is PAY UP, and it's an interactive piece about the value of money and the means by which we exchange it for goods. One of the conceits of the show is that the performers hand you a wad of $1 bills and you purchase scenes as you go along. Interesting, over at P.S. 122, the new performance piece Democracy in America (directed by Annie Dorsen and coproduced by the Foundry Theatre) also explores society through the lens of monetary exchange. With the latter show, the producers auctioned off theatrical space to the highest bidder. That means that anyone could simply buy a scene in the show of their own choosing, which naturally led to strange, even obscene requests.