Bread and Roses Missouri celebrating the arts and lives of working people

Bread and Roses Missouri 2018’s Worker Theater Project is celebrating the arts in the lives of working people and their families with two new original productions.


Bread and Roses will stage a brand-new spoken word and musical opera based on stories shared by Missouri workers and community activists.

The “2018 Workers’ Opera” builds on the legacy of Fannie Lebby (“Voices of Solidarity”) and Agnes Wilcox and Freeman Word (“Then & Now Again”).

Directed by Kathryn Bentley and Colin McLaughlin, and featuring the Bread and Roses Players, the new production will preview on September 27 at the Worker Rights Board Annual Breakfast.  Full production will begin in October.


“Jailbird,” a full-length play by Colin McLaughlin is a dramatization of Eugene V. Debs’ 1920 presidential campaign from federal prison.

Debs’ life-long dedication to workers’ rights, social and economic justice, and a society that serves us all, are strikingly relevant today.  “Jailbird” will debut in January 2019 at the Missouri History Museum.


You can support the Worker Theater Project by becoming a sponsor for these exciting events! Host levels run from $100 to $5,000. Playbill ads run from $75 to $450 for a full-page ad.

Mail payment to  Bread & Roses Missouri, 2725 Clifton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139, or visit to pay by credit card

For more information on upcoming events visit or call Joan Suarez at 314-422-7389. You can also follow Bread and Roses on Facebook and Twitter @breadandrosesmo.

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