Waiting for Lefty

Waiting for Lefty

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
1 Act
First Produced:
1935
Genres
Drama
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
1935, a union hall in new york city
Cast Size
medium
Ideal For
high school theater, college theater, professional theater
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

When it was first produced by the Group Theater in 1935, Waiting for Lefty made a sensation of its playwright, Clifford Odets, who became the theatrical conscience of his generation, much as Arthur Miller and Tony Kushner later would for their own generations.  Lefty is the story of a meeting of a New York cab driver’s union on the verge of a strike.  The union’s corrupt leader Harry Fatt does everything he can to discourage it, and the mysterious absence of left-leaning advocate Lefty Costello doesn’t bode well for the would-be strikers.  After hearing the heart-wrenching tales of four hard-working cab drivers -- each story dramatized before the eyes of the audience before transitioning seamlessly back into the union meeting -- Agate Keller takes the stage and demands immediate action.  When word comes that Lefty has been found “with a bullet in his head,” the union joins Agate in chanting “STRIKE, STRIKE, STRIKE!!!”


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



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