Directed by TIM ROBBINS // Music by Cameron Dye and David Robbins
Cars waiting in long lines for food. People being evicted and their possessions being repossessed. Tent cities of the homeless and destitute rising up in places they had not been before. New immigrants being attacked and marginalized and blamed for society’s ills.
A compliant media ignoring the human toll that is happening throughout the country, instead running stories on plucky survivors of Covid and a booming stock market.
In 1970, Studs Terkel interviewed businessmen, auto workers, farmers, hobos, strip tease artists, repo men, seamstresses, and labor leaders and asked them what it was like to live through the Great Depression. Their words of survival have a direct link to the challenges we face today.
About a year ago, faced with the inability to assemble in our theater, The Actors’ Gang started working via zoom to adapt Studs Terkel’s epic, seminal oral history of the Depression, Hard Times. The workshop production explores 30 different stories of courage and determination, a testimony of what it takes to survive unprecedented times, and is set to premiere June 3rd. The show will be presented LIVE on Zoom, in three parts – Part One (June 3rd – 5th), Part Two (June 10th – 12th) and Part Three (June 17th – 19th).
Louis Banks – Jeronimo Spinx
Dynamite Garland – Guebri VanOver
Harry O’Donnell – Mary Eileen O’Donnell(her father)
Martin DeVries – Josh Latzer
Anonymous – Stephanie G. Galindo
Ruth Gray Ratner – Hannah Hartman(her family friend)
*Tickets for this production are Pay What You Can but we know these are hard times and if you can’t spare a dime, we got you! Just email us at BoxOffice@TheActorsGang.com and we’ll make sure you get a ticket!
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