Events and Performances

The 2019 Workers’ Opera

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

When: Sunday, January 27th at 1:00p.m. / What: New and revised sketches about laborers, unions, and workers’ rights in the past and the present. Directed by Kathryn Bentley. Featuring music directed by Colin  McLaughlin./ Where: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112/ ADMISSION IS FREE

For further details, email Joan Suarez or call her at 314.380.0174

Download the Performance Flyer.


The Workers’ Theater group gives voice to the rich history and contemporary struggle for living wages and fair working conditions (bread) along with dignity and artistic expression (roses).

The performers are workers turned actors, members of the movement itself, who have successfully entertained, educated and activated audiences on key issues such as raising the minimum wage and cleaning up government. Their performances commemorate the rich history of the labor movement, while celebrating social justice and solidarity with the arts.

They have wowed thousands across Missouri, at venues large and small, from our House Party series, to Union Halls,  the Missouri History Museum and the Grand Center’s Theatre Crawl. Thanks to MOVE, the Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Collaborative, we have taken the show on the road to Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri

Each season brings an inspired rendition of the Workers’ Opera, revamped and remixed, including some of the original cast as well as new additions, new poems, new music, dance and movement, historical reenactments and many new stories.

Coming soon…..

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9 am until 3 pm.  The Missouri Historical Society’s Discovery Bus Tour featuring St. Louis’ Labor History will be led by Joan Suarez, Executive Director of Bread and Roses Missouri.

Don’t miss the debut of Jailbird written by Colin McLaughlin and directed by Kathryn Bentley. The play is a dramatization of the 1920 presidential campaign of Eugene V. Debs, an outspoken labor organizer and socialist leader who won a million votes from his jail cell. Date TBA.

Past Events

The Workers’ Opera

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

When: Saturday, October 20th at 12 p.m. / What: Brunch & performance/ Where: CWA #6300, 2258 Grissom Drive St. Louis, MO 63146/ Ticket Options: $20 in advance or at the door; $5,000 for Host Level (includes 2 tables of 10 plus a full page ad in the playbill)


  1. Click to the Online Support page.
  2. Enter the amount and method of payment.
  3. When the “Special Instructions” box pops up, please note the number of tickets and specify that you are purchasing tickets for the 2018 Workers’ Opera brunch & performance. (Tickets will also be available at the door.)

For further detail, email Joan Suarez or call her at 314.380.0174

4th Annual Birthday Bash Featuring The Soulard Blues Band and Sonja GholstonByrd

Friday, October 5, 2018 at Joe’s Cafe

To Buy Tickets

Click to the Online Support page.
Enter the amount and method of payment.
“Special Instructions” box will enable you to indicate number of tickets.
$30/per person Reserved or $20/per person General Admission (Also available at the door)

Celebrate with us at Joe’s Café & Art Gallery as we throw our annual party to thank our supporters, make new friends and raise funds to continue raising the voices of workers and their families.

Enjoy the blues and be inspired by Voices of Solidarity. Bid on unique items and experiences in the Silent Auction. Sip beer, wine or a special B&R birthday cocktail along with soft drinks and snacks available at our Donation Station.

Download the Flyer

$20 General Admission

$30 Advanced Reserved Patron seating, limited to first 30 pre-paid tickets.

When: Friday, October 5th from 7 – 10 pm
Where: Joe’s Cafe and Art Gallery at 6014 Kingsbury Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112

PLEASE PARK ONLY ON DES PERES AVENUE! Side streets are residential only and violators will be towed!

For details, email Mary Barber or call her at 314.494.6952

To Buy Tickets

Please use the link for Online Support, enter the payment amount and indicate the event and number of tickets in the “Special Instructions” box.

No paper tickets will be issued.  A list of pre-paid guests will be available at the door.
Checks can be mailed to:
Bread and Roses – Missouri
Mail Address: 2725 Clifton
St. Louis, MO 63139

Shaw Art Fair Mandala Workshops

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018

Come to the Shaw Art Fair to learn about the history and art behind Mandalas, and even make your own! More specifics closer to the time of the Fair. Located on the tree-lined parkway of beautiful Flora Place at Tower Grove Avenue, the Historic Shaw Art Fair is one of the premier fine art and fine craft fairs in the St. Louis area. $7 per adult, which is good for both days! Children 14 & under are free with an adult. Bring a non-perishable food item to receive $1 off admission—benefiting Isaiah 58 Ministries and Mount Olive Church
When: Saturday, October 6th from 9 am – 5 pm;  Sunday, October 7th from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Historic Shaw Neighborhood, 4100 Flora Pl, St Louis, MO 63110
For details, email Joan Suarez or call her at 314.380.0174

September 8, 2018

Events and Performances

The 2019 Workers’ Opera Sunday, January 27th, 2019 When: Sunday, January 27th at 1:00p.m. / What: New and revised sketches about laborers, unions, and workers’ rights in the […]