Written by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
We launch our season with Marc Blitzstein’s infamous musical, a biting critique of corruption, unrestrained capitalism, and income inequality as relevant today as it was in 1937. Set in “Steeltown, USA,” the story follows the efforts of Larry Foreman to unionize local workers and combat wicked, greedy businessman Mr. Mister, who controls the town's factory, press, church, and social organizations.
The Cradle Will Rock kicks-off our anniversary season and features a cast of current students, faculty, and alumni.
The Cradle Will Rock has a rich history in the American theatre. The original production in 1937, directed by Orson Welles and produced by John Houseman, was temporarily shut down by the WPA a few days before it was to open on Broadway. Many asserted that the musical had been censored because the pro-union plot was "too radical". To avoid government and union restrictions, the show was performed with Marc Blitzstein playing piano onstage and the cast members singing their parts from the audience.
|Aaron Francis Cammack
|Christen Gee Celeya
|L. Zane Jones
|Sister Mr./Moll's Pal/Reporter