RTW’s sad history dramatized in play

VOLUNTEER ACTORS at the Faith/Labor Alliance showing (from left) Georgia Brown (SEIU), Rachel Sacks, Sonja Gholston-Byrd,(CWA 6300 back to photo), Shannon Duffy as Vance Muse and acting as moderator, Michael Paplanus (CWA 6300, at right, standing on chair.) – Philip Deitch photo

St. Louis – The Bread & Roses Missouri Workers’ Theatre has developed “Right-to-Work Exposed,” a sketch based on the history of the development of so-called “right-to-work” as a racist strategy to oppose unionism.

All or parts of the short piece may be incorporated into the group’s second Workers’ Opera, which is now being developed and is scheduled to be presented twice on Sept. 10 at the St. Louis History Museum, at 1 and 3 p.m.

The 12-minute sketch can also be presented to groups by request by calling Bread & Roses at (314) 422-7389.

The Workers’ Opera is being directed by theater veteran Agnes Wilcox and poet Freeman Word, who also directed last year’s initial effort, “Then and Now Again.”


Anyone interested in performing in, or helping with, theater projects of Bread & Roses is invited to participate in a theater workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 at 2725 Clifton Ave., 63139.

Participants will get to test their performing and storytelling talents and see if they would like to join in future productions.

To reserve a spot in the workshop, call Bread & Roses at (314) 422-7389. There is no charge. Kids are welcome, but it will be best for those about 10 or older.

Bread & Roses Missouri is an offshoot of Jobs With Justice that seeks to celebrate the lives of working people and their families in arts and humanities events, exhibits and workshops that address the root causes of poverty and inequality. The group, coordinated by longtime local Labor leader Joan Suarez, works extensively with young people and local artists.

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