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Triangle Factory Fire Project Opens Tomorrow Night

Documentary style play dramatizes turning point for Labor, Women’s and Immigrants’ Causes as a sweatshop tragedy segues into courtroom fireworks

Christopher Piehler and Scott Alan Evans’ documentary-style "The Triangle Factory Fire Project" begins performances Friday, October 5, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

In its time, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire held the record for the most fatalities due to a fire in New York City. The March 1911 tragedy killed nearly 150 people, mostly immigrant women, in a matter of minutes. It was the linchpin for discussions about working conditions, unionization, women’s rights and immigrant policies. The ensuing trials would only be eclipsed by the following year’s Titanic courtroom dramas in capturing the attention of the public. Now, in Christopher Piehler and Scott Alan Evans’ documentary-style The Triangle Factory Fire Project, attention is once again focused on discussions that are still relevant more than a century later. The production opens on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Performances take place in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $17/General, $12/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students.

For Frank Kuhn, professor in the department and director of the show, working on the show is “revelatory, and a privilege, to focus on this important event in our country’s history, learning the history, and uncovering the humanity behind that history. It’s also interesting to note many themes and issues touched on by the play remain relevant today.”

Performances of The Triangle Factory Fire Project will take place on October 5, 6, 18, 19, and 20 at 7:30 pm. There is also a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, October 7, which will be ASL interpreted.

contact: Tower Fine Arts Series Box Office: (585) 395-2787
submitted: Fri, Sep 14, 2018 by ssoloway
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