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Join us for our full production of:

THE BLOCK

written by Dan Hoyle
directed by Tamilla Woodard
developed with Tamilla Woodard and Maureen Towey

May 28th – June 11th at Urban Stages in Manhattan
June 12th – 23rd on tour to the other four boroughs of NYC

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WORKING THEATER IS A 30-YEAR OLD PROFESSIONAL OFF-BROADWAY THEATER COMPANY DEDICATED TO PRODUCING PLAYS FOR AND ABOUT WORKING PEOPLE.

Over the past 18 months, we’ve been immersed in a multi-year project, FIVE BOROUGHS/ONE CITY, in which teams of commissioned artists have engaged communities in each of the five boroughs of New York City to write, develop, and perform plays based on the issues and themes relevant to the neighborhoods being explored. We have done this through interviews, community engagement & outreach, workshops, and developmental readings with targeted feedback.

 

Over the next couple of years, Working Theater will continue engaging the communities of origin and developing the work, as well as touring productions back to our venue partners located in neighborhoods where working people live.

This year we’ll also continue our adult-education program called TheaterWorks!, where we teach working adults how to write, direct, and even perform in their own plays. In addition, we haven’t forgotten about artists outside the Five Boroughs/One City initiative, and will be supporting and giving readings to three new works.

 

We invite you on this journey with us and ask you to participate in any way you can – whether by donating, volunteering, or attending, we cannot do this important work without your support.

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READING OF: THE BOAT

Join us on Monday April 11th at 6:00pm at The Dorothy Strelsin Theater for a reading of The Boat. Set during the unemployment crisis following the 2008 economic collapse,  The Boat, commissioned by the Working Theater, follows two brothers who struggle financially and emotionally to keep their families afloat after a factory shutdown puts an end to economic prospects in their Upstate New York town.

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READING OF: COME MY BELOVED

Join us on Monday, April 18th at 6:30pm for a reading of Come My Beloved, a new play about race, intimacy and Detroit, Michigan. The play chronicles one Friday night in the lives of three Black and Jewish couples, all based on one real family. Come My Beloved explores the downfall and resurgence of one of America’s most important cities and the vastly different trajectories of two communities within it.

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FULL PRODUCTION & TOUR OF: THE BLOCK

A full production of The Block will tour the boroughs in May & June, 2016 starting at Urban Stages. Don’t miss it!

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ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

We’re thrilled to honor Mr. Edison Severino, Business Manager, LiUNA Local 78 on Monday, May 9th at 6pm at Sardi’s Restaurant. Join us and show your support of Working Theater, of the fight for workers’ rights, and of LiUNA! Tickets on sale now!

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IBEW Women’s Conference

We’re excited to once again produce a play for the IBEW Women’s Conference – this year it’s about Ella Mae Wiggins and is written by Cori Thomas.

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WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE

We depend on the generous contributions of others to help us keep this work going, to send artists out into the communities, to hire teachers for our adult education programs, and to keep the lights on. Every contribution helps.

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Working Theater is extremely appreciative of our
31st SEASON SPONSORS:

PLATINUM SPONSOR

MagnaCare

GOLD SPONSORS

Empire BlueCross BlueShield
OPEIU

SILVER SPONSORS

Amalgamated Life/Aligraphics
Archer, Byington, Glennon, and Levine LLP
Cigna
CWA Local 1180
IBEW Local 3
NYC Central Labor Council
New York State AFL-CIO
The Segal Company

Working Theater’s 31st Season is made possible in part by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Shubert Foundation.

Five Boroughs/One City is supported in part by grants from the
21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund and the One World Fund.
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