Pistarckle to Present Musical ‘Working’ March 16 to April 1

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The next play appearing at Pistarckle Theater will be the musical “Working.” It is adapted from the book by Studs Terkel, with songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manual Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor. Play dates are March 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, a matinee at 2 p.m. Pistarckle Theater is located at 4126 Anna’s Retreat, Tillett Gardens

For tickets, visit www.pistarckletheater.com or call 775-7877. Thursday, March 16 is “Pay As You Can Night.” Special “premiere pricing” applies to the first weekend, on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18.

Play synopsis: The characters in “Working” are non-fictional. The actors deliver monologues and song, and the words in the script are those of real people taken in interviews by Studs Terkel. The names have been changed, but not the characters’ words. Even the lyricists have remained as faithful as possible to the character’s original words. The material is organized by juxtaposition, so that one scene makes a smooth transition into the next, and what one character is saying is related in content to the character who precedes and follows. The interrelationship of all the people is an underlying theme of the show.

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Each of the seven cast members in the musical play multiple roles. Zach Schwartz portrays an ironworker, hedge fund manager, community organizer, publicist and ex-newsroom assistant; Chris Matthews portrays an interstate trucker, a UPS delivery man, stone mason and fireman; Jonathan Hawkes portrays Man in Cubicle (2), tech support, lead man and student; Erin Sather portrays Woman in Cubicle (2), teacher, fundraiser, cleaning woman and millworker; Tara Pandiscia portrays a project manager, housewife, prostitute, waitress, Woman in Cubicle (1) and receptionist; and Darby Williams portrays a flight attendant, another woman in Cubicle (2) and delivery girl.

The play is directed by Frank Bartolucci; Robert Leonard is the musical director; Mary Capella is the choreographer.

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