Imagine working all day in a taxi cab in New York and coming home with $6 in your pocket. Your wife is worried about paying rent. Your furniture has been repossessed. Your kids didn't have dinner. But this is the best job you could find.
What would you do?
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 Dreamtopics 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.
info Opens March 7th and closes March 23rd; shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sunday the 10th at 2pm (however, Proxy is canceling the March 9th performance in lieu of Luminaria). 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. Please visit proxytheatre.org or call 210-807-8646 for reservations or questions.
The Overtime Theatre (View)
1203 Camden Ave
San Antonio, TX 78215