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MCTC Fall Play Brings Timeless Classic to Campus

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Fall Play: Waiting for LeftyWaiting for Lefty, a timeless drama of class, race and labor issues, debuts at MCTC later this month. Originally by Clifford Odets and directed by MCTC’s Obie Award-winning Maxine Klein, Waiting for Lefty takes place in the middle of the 1930s Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is president, anti-communism has reached a feverish height and issues of race and class divide the nation. In the middle of this turmoil, working people are struggling to find a decent job so they can adequately feed their families, but few succeed.

When the American populace reaches a breaking point, union-led strikes break out across the nation as cab drivers, truckers, warehouse workers, auto workers, longshoremen, coalminers, textile workers and others walk off their jobs, and take to the streets to demand their rights. Waiting for Lefty—by one of America’s foremost dramatists—takes us into the lives and union activities of the working people at the tremulous, pulsating and dangerous core of this action.

A post-play discussion of labor issues then and now will be led by Peter Rachleff and other industrial labor activists of note. Admission to the play is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items for the MCTC Resource and Referral Center Food Pantry.

When:  Oct. 23-26, 7 p.m. and Oct. 26, 1 p.m.
Where:  Whitney Fine Arts Theater, 1424 YALE Place, Minneapolis, MN
For more information: 612-659-6122 or 612-200-5542
Sign language is available upon request.

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