WAITING FOR LEFTY: Acting 101 Culminating Showcase

Learn more about the plight of blue-collar workers in Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty,” translated in Filipino by Gerry de Asis. The students of the Acting 101 class complete the cast under the direction of Ronan Capinding.

This year's showcase production adapts an American classic originally set in the 1930's during the Great Depression period when everyday people struggle to rise above a stagnating economic and social condition. Beginning and ending in a meeting hall, the play tells of gradual movements toward a strike for a group of workers pushed to the brink of economic hardship. Conveyed through mini-melodramas, Waiting for Lefty is at once intensely private, personal and unabashedly political.

The production revolves around entwined stories of individuals and couples losing their hopes of having a better life as they confront the harsh demands of low paying jobs or outright unemployment. As the union workers debate in the meeting place, their decision to stage a wildcat strike increasingly rests upon the shoulders of their leader, Kaliwete (otherwise known as Lefty). But where is he? And is his precedence necessary for the workers to rise past individual fears and band together for mass demonstration?

This play underscores the activist's credo that the militant, not the meek, shall inherit the earth.

Show dates are on October 11, Thursday and October 12, Friday, 7 PM at 3/F Gonzaga Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are sold at P150 each with free food and a free souvenir program. For inquiries, contact Trency at 09205574558.