Iowa City - Combined Efforts Theatre will present a unique 'Immersion Event,' the play Triangle by Janet Schlapkohl, about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire this weekend. The fire was a horrific, heart-breaking event in early twentieth century America. It was the worst workplace disaster until 9/11. Fifty thousand people marched in the streets of New York after the tragic fire. The repercussions of the needless and preventable deaths of the young women who agreed to a strike settlement after enduring fourteen weeks of bitter cold and hunger on the picket lines the previous winter galvanized public opinion.
The links of labor corruption, and industry abuse reverberate today as advantage is taken of those whose situations create a lack of choice.
The play focuses on a small group of women whose lives are impacted by the larger events of garment workers strike, and subsequent fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. The relationship between the women uncloaks the influences of family, race, nationality, religion and social status, and education. The performance places the audience members in the midst of the action on the streets and in the factory.
The play was performed during the previous academic year as part of the University of Iowa Gallery series to much acclaim. Some of the actors revisit their roles, while many are new to the show. Jason Grubbe directs.
Cast members are doubled for a compelling argument about social justice, zealous politics and personal relationships. Prestigious society matrons, socialists, college students, and suffragists wove an agenda then tear at the fabric, that bound them in America. The play explores on a personal level, the friendships and private lives of the women.
The show runs for two nights only, October 7 and 8 at 7:00 PM, at the performance space at 3418 Osage SW, Iowa City. Tickets available at the door for only $8.00 ($5.00 for audience members arriving in period costume) or reserve by calling 319-354-336.