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News Chris Foley Tells How He Escaped Wall Street in New Solo Show Off the Desk Actor Chris Foley tells how he escaped a Wall Street career and embraced his inner performer in Off The Desk (Tales of A Mediocre Stockbroker), his new solo show starting previews Jan. 20 at the WorkShop Theater Main Stage in New York.

Foley, who has appeared on TV's "American Horror Story" and "Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight," will soon be seen in the Showtime series "Billions" with Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis. Off the Desk will be directed by Innovative Theatre and NY International Fringe Festival Award-winning director Padraic Lillas.

According to production notes, "Ivy League educated Chris Foley had dreams of being a heavy metal guitarist/DJ, but his parents coerced him into choosing a career on Wall Street for status and security. In Off the Desk he chronicles his career path from his days as a summer intern for Paine Webber mixing up currencies in a pre-euro foreign exchange department, to working in Lehmann Brothers' Stock Loan department, known as 'the underworld of Wall Street,' before reaching the status of stockbroker working for one bank... and then another ('like switching seats on the Titanic'), while under the heavy scrutiny of his bosses. Although fantasies of becoming a great performer enabled him to retain his sanity, continuous job related stress finally took its toll. Recounting his years on Wall Street Chris brings to life a myriad of colorful characters he met along the way, from a ridiculously chauvinistic foreign exchange salesman to the suave and street smart loan trader called the Silver Fox who in his own way predicted the financial downfall."

Off the Desk is scheduled through Jan. 30 at WorkShop Theater Main Stage (312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). Tickets can be purchased at and, or by phone at (800) 838-3006.

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