"Waiting for Lefty" Theatre Production
Oct. 24 (7:30pm); Oct. 25 (2:30pm)
Category: Theatre Productions
by Clifford Odets; Directed by Student Director Melissa Tarduno
October 21-22 & 24 (7:30pm)
October 25 (2:30pm)
1930's, New York City. The Great Depression takes full force and working families are put out on the streets to starve. As people fight for their lives, a union of cab drivers decide 'no more' and wait for their leader, Lefty Castello, to choose if they will strike or not.
As the greedy Harry Fatt tries to persuade the workers now is not the time to strike, the members reveal the heartbreak, anger and injustice they have endured from the hands of big business and the failure of looking after the diminishing working class. The demand for social change drives this classic Group Theatre production into modern times leaving us to answer: "what are we waiting for?"
About this Season: Experiments in FORM This season, the Catawba Theatre Arts program presents six performances with the thematic goal of looking at the conversation that happens in the creative act between the form of a work of art and its content (its story, message, or meaning). Each of the pieces presented this season represents a shift in perspective on theatrical form — a “new shape” for their time—crafted by the playwrights and choreographers to more effectively contain the political, philosophical, and aesthetic essence of each work’s historical and cultural moment. The directors this season (four faculty, two students and one guest) will examine questions like: How does the structure of a piece connect to its story? How is the form of a piece reflective of the culture that invented it? How do we, as artists, interrogate a historical form to make its content relevant to contemporary audiences? How does content determine form and how does form determine content?