The newest production by the Actors’ Gang takes the acclaimed oral history of Studs Terkel’s “Working” and brings it to life as a vision of Americans surviving the Great Depression. The three part performance will be available online on July 29 (Part One) July 30 (Part Two) and July 31 (Part Three.)
Director Tim Robbins offers his passionate championship of the history, saying, “Studs was such an important documentarian of the human condition, of what it takes to survive through hardship. He has always been a hero of mine, a journalist that gave voice to the anonymous, the forgotten. These voices from Hard Times that Studs has left us, remain resonant and essential today, perhaps more so than when they were chronicled back in 1970, a reminder of the tenacity, faith and love it will take for us to rebound from the trauma, unprecedented isolation, and loss of loved ones that we have recently lived through.”
The Gang has workshopped the piece throughout the pandemic, and has much to be proud of.
Robbins concluded “As actors, I think it’s important to find this kind of material to wrestle with. I’m blessed to have a company of actors that understand not only the importance of getting to the truth of difficult subject matter but also, in this challenging time of being apart, getting to that truth in community with each other. It is our hope to create that community throughout the world with our audiences in an intimate, personal and immediate way. We Live On is a piece born from loss and the limitations of lockdown that seeks to create healing, catharsis, and hope for a shook up world.”