Joseph is referring to his cast and crew of more than 35 volunteers, found mostly via web postings and old-fashioned flyers. The crew is entirely Chicago-rooted and consists of much talent from Second City and iO. It took him nearly six months to assemble the crew.
“This is the most passionate group of people I’ve ever been around,” Joseph said.
If you question the crew’s ability to produce a quality show on a shoe-string budget, Joseph will simply set his iPhone down in front of you and play a rough cut of the show.
With a dead expression, he’ll ask, “Does that look low quality to you?”
His favorite clip to show is a protest scene where he was able to close down LaSalle Street, corral more than 200 extras, get police officer actors and a CBS Chicago reporter to fake report on the scene.
“You see,” Joseph begins, “It’s about people. I truly believe that.”
Sitting to his left is Hyzy. He’s quick to offer an example.
“We have great chemistry. Money only gets you so far,” the 28-year-old added. “Money can’t do it all.”
“Look at baseball. Look at the Dodgers,” he continued. “They have a team salary of like $250 million for the all the ‘best’ players. But their chemistry sucks. They don’t work well together. They’re a horrible team.”
Joseph nods in agreeance, lifting his hand to his forehead to reposition his hat. It’s an Oakland A’s cap. The baseball team notorious for getting astonishing results with low-budget and often overlooked players.
Ever seen “Moneyball?”
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