Upcoming Performance Dates:
February 29th, Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Conference (MOVE), Columbia, MO
March 9-10 and 16-17, Gaslight Theater 358 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
June 12-13, Grand Center Theatre Crawl, St. Louis
What: Workers’ Opera is a full length play of “devised” theater; the artists and performers are members of working St. Louis. These workers-turned-actors collaborate and train for months each year to create a series of sketches that connect past and present stories of struggle, and that focus on economic justice, racism, poverty, social justice issues and relevant policy. Stories are shared in word and song, historical reenactments, and tales of the ongoing struggle for workers’ rights, told by those most affected.
Photo compliments of Philip Deitch
Debuted at the Missouri History Museum January 26th, 2020
What: The “Art Is Labor” exhibition, curated by Dail Chambers, highlights labor history as seen through art and artifacts, with a focus on Saint Louis. The selected work will explore topics such as social and economic justice and labor history. Contemporary artwork will be curated alongside historical collections of ephemera, text, and artifacts to build a narrative that speaks of the workers of our time and recognizes artists as workers.
When: December 7th, 2019–January 24, 2020.
Where: Arcade Contemporary Art Projects Gallery
The Webster University Gateway Campus
812 Olive Street, St. Louis 63101
See Gallery Site for Hours
Photo compliments of St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune
About the Gala: Bread and Roses invites you to join us for the opening of the “Art Is Labor” exhibition and gala cocktail party celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Bread & Roses Missouri. The evening begins at 6:00p.m. with programming beginning at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate our guests of honor, Jamala Rogers and Percy Green. A sketch from the 2020 Workers’ Opera will also be performed.
The “Art Is Labor” exhibition will highlight labor history as seen through art and artifacts, with a focus on Saint Louis. The selected work will explore topics such as social and economic justice and labor history. Contemporary artwork will be curated alongside historical collections of ephemera, text, and artifacts to build a narrative that speaks of the workers of our time and recognizes artists as workers. The exhibition will be curated by Dail Chambers and will run until January 17, 2020.
Event photo is the painting “We Demand,” an original artwork by Joe Jones, a St. Louis-born artist whose early 20th century works focused on the struggles of working people.
About the Show: In 1920, Eugene Victor Debs ran a campaign for the US presidency- from a federal prison cell. He was imprisoned for his outspoken objection to the violence and chaos of WWI. Debs ended up receiving a million votes, and 100 years later, his revelations on our society, economy, prison system, and the nature of war, are strikingly relevant.
November 15th and 16th at 7pm, and November 17th at 3pm.
The Sunday performance will be followed by a talk back, “Then and Now,” featuring representatives from The Eugene Debs Foundation and Missouri Jobs With Justice.
Directed by Kathryn Bentley and written by St Louis playwright Colin McLaughlin.
Part of the Bread and Roses Missouri Workers’ Theater Project.
Featuring Shaun Sheley, Hassie Davis, Noah Laster, Summer Baer, Thomasina Clarke, Michael Paplanus, Kenya Hitchens, and Ryan Lawson-Maeske.
Doors (and Cash Bar) Open at 2:30
Reception Follows Performance until 7:00 p.m.
Doors (and Cash Bar) Open at 2:30