The Triangle Factory Fire Project
by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans
Directed by Mark Hamilton
March 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm
March 25 at 2:30 pm
MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center
500 SW Longview Rd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
Available Feb 1 online here: Tickets
$12 Student/Senior (65+)
Tickets for The Triangle Factory Fire Project are not at LS Hy-Vee stores. Instead, box office personnel will be present at MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center (500 SW Longview Rd) on the following upcoming days to offer you the convenience of purchasing tickets in person. Check or cards can be used as payment, we will have some cash change on hand for cash transactions.
Saturday, March 10 10 am-12 pm
Monday, March 12 6:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, March 15 5:00-8:00 pm
You can also call the box office at 816-463-2654 to reserve tickets for any performance this time only. Reserved tickets must be paid for at 6:30 pm when the box office opens. Seating is open and not reserved…there is no guarantee seats will be available if you do not pick up your tickets at 6:30 pm when the box office opens.
MEET THE CAST & CREW:
Friday, February 16 5:00-7:00 pm
Red Door Wine Store
229A Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Come by and grab a glass or bottle of wine. Meet the cast & crew of the show!
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Saturday, March 25, 1911. 4:45 P.M. In the Triangle Waist Factory off downtown Manhattan’s Washington Square—where 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia and Italy toil fourteen-hour days making lady’s dresses—a cigarette is tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames sweep through the eighth, ninth and tenth floors. Panic-stricken workers run in all directions. In the space of twenty-eight minutes, the fire is under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, have died.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
The show uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed. It culminates in the manslaughter trial of the owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, whose shocking acquittal inspires new outrage across New York and the entire country, the repercussions of which shaped social, political and economic policies for decades to come. By using real words spoken by real people, from Ukrainian seamstresses to millionaire Fifth Avenue socialites, it paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.
Cast of Characters:
Lindsay Lovejoy: Mary Alter, secretary; Mrs. Belmont, society woman, suffragette; Actor C
Kelly Crosby: Ethel Monick, floor girl; Actor B
Kristi Hibschman: Rose Freedman, finisher; May Levantini, machine operator; Actor 2
Jeannie Blau: Bertha Schwartz, Margaret’s mother; Kate Alterman, lace cutter; Actor 3
Brittany Hill: Maxine Schwartz, factory worker; Rose Sschneiderman, union organizer
Eli Biesemeyer: William Shepherd, journalist; Isaac Harris, co-owner of Triangle; John Moore, engineer
Kenneth J. Schwartze: Max Blanck, co-owner of Triangle; Chief Edward Croker, Fire Department Chief
Jonah Beard: Abe Gordon, belt boy; Street Vendor; Jury Foreman; Thug No. 2; Actor 4
Emily Jennings: Yetta Lubitz, operator; Actor D
Elaine Christensen: Margaret Schwartx, machine operator; Judge Thomas C.T. Crain; Actor A
Marshall Rimann: Charles Bostwick, NYC D.A., lawyer for the prosecution; Frank Sommer, New York University law professor
Jaggard Lee Williams: Samuel Bernstein, foreman of Triangle; Officer John Meehan, NYC policeman; Herman Hurwitz, locksmith; Actor 5
Ginger Birch: Dinah Lifschitz, bookkeeper; Ida Mittleman, machine operator
Bill Weaver: Samuel Gompers, union leader/organizer; Max Steuer, lawyer for the defense; William Bernstein, cutter; Thug No. 1
Casye Davidson: Edie Markowitz, shipping clerk; Actor 1
Note: All performers will play strikers, protesters, New Yorkers, trial observers, etc.