Thursday, February 21, 2013

(*) WAITING FOR LEFTY by Clifford Odets, Proxy Theatre Company, San Antonio, March 7 - 23

Proxy Theatre San ANtonio TX

(Performing at the overtime Theatre Center, 1203 Camden Street, San Antonio, 78215 - click for map)


Waiting for Lefty
by Clifford Odets

Waiting for hope. Waiting for change. Waiting for Lefty.

March 7 - 23 2013
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sunday the 10th at 2 p.m.
No performance on Saturday, March 9

For the byProxy Pass ticket purchaser, the Workshop is on March 16th at 9:30pm and the Final Curtain Party is March 23rd, directly after the show.

All events to take place at the new Overtime Theater at 1203 Camden St, SATX 78215. Free parking can be found on site.

Tickets are $10-25; cash/check/credit/debit accepted at the door, or online with credit or debit cards. Purchase online or visit or call 210-807-8646 for 
reservations or questions.

brown paper tickets

Joe and Edna had their furniture repossessed today. Sid and Florrie have been waiting to get married for three years. Phillips has a baby on the way and can't find any other work. Lefty is late to the union meeting. All these characters are barely scraping by each month with the money they make-- what will they do to change their circumstances?

Come find out with us.
Waiting for Lefty, the iconic American play by Clifford Odets, directed by Chelsea Taylor, cries out for change. Set in the failing 1930s, a group of New York taxicab drivers gather to hash out what some feel is the only option and others feel is a bad idea- striking.

Through a series of vignettes, we learn about several of these characters’ stories, which may feel familiar to today’s audience. “I think this play is perfect to do today because it resonates so well with the feelings about our economy. Half the population is living paycheck to paycheck. Not many of us know what security looks like. A lot of us feel over-worked and under-paid,” said Managing Director and actress Kaitlin Graves.

Waiting for Lefty is Proxy’s second show of its second season, and is sure to have the audience roused.

About the play Written in 1935 by Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty was produced at the prestigious Group Theatre in New York. Odets wrote the play with specific members of the Group in mind and loosely based the concept off of a real cab workers’ strike in 1934. The play touches on poverty, socialism, capitalism, and the American Dream—topics which were difficult to talk about openly in 1935. The first production stirred up audiences by breaking the fourth wall and placing members in a circle, allowing them to feel incorporated in the play. As each character shares their own story, we are constantly reminded that we are in a union meeting, desperate to fix our problems, on the verge of striking out. 

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