[act-ma] REMINDER 10/4 Boston Jimmy Higgins Committee Presents...

David O. Knuttunen webmaster at dsaboston.org
Thu Sep 25 12:31:14 PDT 2008


I hope you will join us for this exciting event. In the hope that we will
not have to deny anyone who would like to attend, we have added a
low/income/student ticket price. Please consider posting this announcement,
and redistributing it to your own lists. -- David Knuttunen, Boston DSA 
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Rose-in-fist logoBoston Jimmy Higgins Committee Presents 


Jimmy Higgins - A Life in the Labor Movement
A new play by Harlan Baker, 
directed by Christopher Price


Encuentro 5 (UNITE HERE Building, 5TH floor)
33 Harrison Ave., Boston
Saturday, October 4, at 4:00 pm
Followed by a reception with the playwright/actor.

The name "Jimmy Higgins" has for generations stood for the name of the
rank-and-file union and socialist activist.  Harlan Baker's one-man play
personifies Jimmy Higgins, whom he plays himself, and takes us on an
engaging and inspiring tour through the history of the American labor
movement. 

The play opens on the eve of the 1960 presidential race.  Higgins, a rank
and file union activist is being interviewed by a college student about his
life.  He recounts his days as a newspaper boy in Sandusky Ohio during the
first World War, his meeting with Eugene Debs and other radicals opposed to
American participation in the First World War, his experiences in the
Lafollette campaign for president in 1924 and his experience covering the
union organizing drives of tenant farmers and auto workers in the 1930s.  He
populates his account with colorful portrayals of the myriad characters he
met along the way.  In the end, we are left with a sense of the grand sweep
of this history, and the character and courage of the many ordinary people
who risked everything to stand up to the powers that be, to win a better
life for themselves and their families.

The play premiered on April 28th 7:30 pm in Portland, Maine, where it was
sponsored by the Southern Maine Labor Council, the Maine State Employees
Association and The West End News, and was favorably reviewed in the
Portland Phoenix
<http://thephoenix.com/Portland/Arts/62788-JIMMY-HIGGINS-A-LIFE-IN-THE-LABOR
-MOVEMENT/> .

The Boston performance is sponsored by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.  Proceeds
from the show go to support the work of the Boston chapter of Democratic
Socialists of America. Ticket price is $25. (Low income/student rate $15.)
Sponsorships, and program ads are available.  For details or to order
tickets online, visit http://dsaboston.org/higgins.  You may also email
webmaster at dsaboston.org or call (617) 354-5078. 

 

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