Monday, September 02, 2013

2 labor plays for Labor Day

1934: Blood and Roses

We Have Fed You All For A Thousand Years: the Legacy of the Wobblies

 The first was written with grant from Pacific NW Labor College, which I didn't know existed. They went looking for a playwright, Pdx late 70s, right place at right time. Great project. Made NPR when State Fair banned a performance on Labor Day. Such an outcry in local, then regional, then national media, they had to reverse themselves. Portland Labor Players II, directed by Melinda Pittman, made this work. They embodied it.

 The second was one of the drama services I wrote and directed for First Unitarian Church at the time. Also performed, along with General Strike, a labor song group still active. People still talk about this show.

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