The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present a virtual production of Working (a Musical)! Directed by Peter Flynn, with choreography by Hollie E. Wright, and musical direction by Sarah Brett England, Working is broadcasting April 16-18 as part of our Virtual Festival.
Adapted for Broadway in 1978 by the legendary Stephen Schwartz, Working is a musical based on Studs Terkel’s book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, first published in 1974.
With its vignettes of individual workers’ toil – from farming to waitressing to welding – the show is almost ideally suited for a hybrid production, one that could be rehearsed and recorded via Zoom or, for some musical numbers, in outdoor and/or socially distanced or masked groups.
The Department of Theatre and Dance has captured the unique musical Working on video depicting the beauty and often-unrecognizable people behind the American workforce. Written by award-winning composers and writers like Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), James Taylor, Micki Grant, and Craig Carnelia (Sweet Smell of Success), Working is an examination and celebration of the middle class from their perspective on the job. Based on the best-selling book by journalist Studs Terkel, it is the story of men and women who are the fabric of our nation: the artisanal stonemason, the millworker, the food server, the firefighter, the teacher, the long-distance truck driver, and that most reductive of vocational designations, the homemaker. Special to our production, we interviewed essential and frontline workers during the Covid pandemic and interweave their stories into the musical, making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Virtual Production of “WORKING”
FRIDAY APRIL 16 – 8PM
SATURDAY APRIL 17 – 8PM
SUNDAY APRIL 18 – 3PM
TICKETS: $10.00 (PLUS FEES) WWW.PEAKPERFS.ORG
From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.
Director Peter Flynn
Choreographer Hollie E. Wright
Music Director Sarah Brett England
PETER FLYNN (DIRECTOR)
New York credits include the off-Broadway premiere of Smart Blonde by Willy Holtzman; Curvy Widow at the Westside Theatre; Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney; Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, & Sutton Foster; Our Town with B.D. Wong, and S. Epatha Merkerson; On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie; & Rhapsody in Seth starring Seth Rudetsky.
Peter is the Board President for Live And In Color a not-for-profit theatre organization dedicated to the development of plays and musicals by and for BIPOC Artists. He is also an Associate Artist at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C; an Artistic Ambassador for the Christchurch International Musical Theatre
Summer School in New Zealand; and a graduate of Northwestern University.
HOLLIE E. WRIGHT(CHOREOGRAPHER)
Choreography stateside and abroad; some favorites being Universoul Circus, A commercial spot for Party City, production of Dream Girls, Hair, and Disaster The Musical at NYU. Miss Wright can be seen in the upcoming movie In The Heights in Summer of 2021.
SARAH BRETT ENGLAND (MUSICAL DIRECTOR)