Monthly Archives: April 2010

Waiting for Lefty Reading THIS SUNDAY! (Venue has changed)

This Sunday, Forum Theatre is proud to participate in Amnesty International’s first annual Human Rights Art Festival with a staged reading of Waiting for Lefty, by Clifford Odets.  The reading will be held at 3pm at Taste of Morrocco, 8661 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD—it’s FREE and open to the public.

Based on a 1934 strike of unionized New York cab drivers, Waiting for Lefty is a spirited and vigorous one-act play and a classic example of agit-prop theatre.  A series of vignettes framed by two union meetings leading up to the strike, its 1935 opening at the height of the Great Depression was a critical and popular sensation, which soon led to many productions across the country.  But the play is more than mere theatre history; with its backdrop of economic uncertainty and political strife, Waiting for Lefty has an uncanny relevance today.  Running time: 1 hour.

Directed by Forum company member Patrick Bussink, the reading will feature a fantastic cast, including both Forum alumns and some new faces:  Rachel Beauregard, Rex Daugherty, Josh Drew, Danny Gavigan, Kimberly Gilbert, Brian Hemmingsen, Scott McCormick, Dylan Myers, Kevin O’Reilly, Joe Palka, Jesse Terrill, and Andy Wassenich.