Theater: Plays

'Waiting For Lefty'

Casting notice expires: October 12, 2013

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John DeSotelle Studio
John DeSotelle

Production Description

Casting Clifford Odets's "Waiting for Lefty," a vigorous, confrontational work, based on a 1934 strike of unionized New York cab drivers. Explicit political messages dominate the play, whose ultimate goal was nothing less than the promotion of a communist revolution in America. Appearing at the height of the Great Depression, the play's original 1935 production was a critical and popular sensation. "Waiting for Lefty" was widely staged throughout the country and brought Odets sudden fame. While its dramatic style has long since fallen out of fashion (along with the idealistic politics that inspired it), it is considered a prime example of a genre known as "revolutionary" or "agit-prop" theatre. (The latter term is a combination of "agitation" and "propaganda.") The idealistic practitioners of agit-prop sought to harness the power of drama to a specific political cause and create a "people's theatre" for the new world that would follow the revolution.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals will be held evenings in September, Performances begin running October 25th and will run for nine (12) performances.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays a small stipend. Equity Showcase Contract pending.


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