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Monday, September 1, 2014

Studs Terkel’s “Working” in Foote Gallery

working cover 300x361 Studs Terkels Working in Foote GalleryLoveland Community Theatre presents excerpts from Studs Terkel’s “Working” as two Readers’ Theatre performances to benefit the House of Neighborly Service.

Tickets are $3 at the door. Donations to the House of Neighborly Services welcome.

At its heart, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do” is about the quest for meaning in our lives. It is a mirror reflecting the enormous heart and spirit of the American people on that quest. And while some of these people were interviewed almost forty years ago, the themes remain constant, the message relevant today.

First published in 1972, “Working” is a book of oral history interviews conducted by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Studs Terkel. Talking to working men and women of all ages, socio-economic classes, and skills he discovered much of what is deepest and most intimate in many people’s lives, to understand work as Freud understood it, as the individual’s firmest connection with reality.

Directed by Peggy Shaughnessy
Cast:

Narrator – Jeremy Wagner
Newsboy, Box Boy – Jack Menzies
Realty Broker, Waitress – Nancy Patton
Car Salesman, Policeman – Aaron Gidley
Receptionist, Hospital Aide – Faith Ford
Truck Driver, Stonemason – David Lasker
Steel Mill Worker, Fireman – Mark Orlowski
Housewife, Editor – Jaccie Serbus
Executive, Cab Driver – Steven G. Fox
Hooker, Telephone Solicitor – Jennifer Bray
Garbage Man, Ex-Boss – Rick Padden
Pharmacist, Retired Shipping Clerk – Richard MacDonald
Occupational Therapist, Switchboard Operator – Gale McGaha Miller
Farmer, Dentist – Lang Johnson
Supermarket Checker, Bookbinder – Louise Thornton

“Working” is full of luminous moments … moments of self-discovery breaking in on people when they least expect it.” — NY Times

“A magnificent book… a work of art. To read it is to hear America talking.” — Boston Globe

“The poetry of real people… the hardness of real lives… a grand subject and a splendid book.” — Chicago Daily News

 

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