Bread & Roses Missouri works with youth between the ages of seven and eighteen, providing after-school and summer programs that focus on the themes of home, family, work, and community by encouraging artistic expression and creativity that explores and deepens understandings of these topics.
“Then and Now Again” –A Workers’ Opera
Saint Louis has a rich, mostly unexplored, labor history. And there is history in the making again today as Show Me $15 gains increasing momentum with fast food workers, home health care workers, childcare workers, university adjuncts organize with NEA and SEIU; banking call center workers beginning to organize under the CWA banner; Laborers #110 actively commit to organizing lawn care workers; all of this in the face of the push in Missouri for so-called right to work legislation both in the private and public sectors.
After Ferguson, it became increasingly clear that workers engaged in these organizing efforts understood very clearly the connection between workers’ rights and civil rights in this post-industrial society that is growing up around us. And it became clear to Bread & Roses that it was time to produce a theater piece, a ‘workers’ opera,’ that would connect the “then” with the “now.”
Last fall, Then And Now Again had a well received series of performances. This new rendition, revamped and remixed, includes some of the original cast as well as new additions, new poems, new music, dance and movement, historical reenactments and many new stories. Agnes Wilcox, theater director, writer, actor, and founder of Prison Performing Arts, agneswilcox.com will direct the production. Working with her on the script is hip hop poet Freeman Word facebook.com/FreemanWorldPeace).
The Bread & Roses Missouri production of Then and Now Again Remix, written and directed by Agnes Wilcox and Freeman Word, will open at the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room in The Missouri History Museum. The *one* performance is at 1pm, on Sunday September 10th. The show is FREE and open to the public.