Waiting for Lefty & The 146 Point Flame

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The Hackensack Performing Arts Center

102 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Waiting for Lefty & The 146 Point Flame

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Waiting for Lefty is a series of varied episodes that blend into a powerful mosaic of the American working class. We begin in a hiring hall where a union leader (obviously in the pay of the bosses) is trying to convince the workers (who are waiting for Lefty, their leader, to arrive) not to strike. Through flashback and vignette, we see slices of American life that remains as timely today as it was when the show was written in 1935.

The 146 Point Flame is based on the historic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. Through words, movement and music, four young women share their dreams, thoughts, fears and feelings about their ultimate destinies. An Italian immigrant, Vincenza, shares her last night on Earth with romance, smiles and dancing. Tessa celebrates her life with a story about her brother and mother. Sisters Lena and Yetta meditate on the strength and endurance of moving from Russia to America and the parallels of moving from life to the afterlife. Touching and poetic, this piece illuminates the definition of human courage.

Produced by Mr. Caseen Gaines

Directed by Ms. Rose Frontignano

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