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Directed by John Townsend

Lillian Hellman's drama about a 1930s labor strike in Ohio was timely then and just as timely now. Themes of union busting, shaky finances by business officials, and social class make this play come alive as only Lillian Hellman can do.

Lillian Hellman's other works include The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour, Watch on the Rhine, and others.

Performances are:
7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct 19
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct 20
2:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct 21
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct 25
7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct 26
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct 27

Tickets are $18 for adult; $12 for children, students, and persons aged 65 and older
The performance on Sunday, October 21 is pay what you'd like.

You can reserve and pay for tickets at our on-line ticket center

The Twin Cities Labor Chorus will sing at the performances of Days to Come.

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Post-show discussion - Thursday, October 25 on labor in the Twin Cities in the 1930s
Peter Rachleff Peter Rachleff is a specialist in labor history who has taught at Macalester College for thirty years. One of his favorite courses is "The U.S. in the 1930s: The Great Depression and the New Deal," and he has published several articles on the transformation of the labor movement in this period. Convinced of the power of theater to connect the present with the past, he has been involved with several Frank Theatre productions locally, and he has served as an historical dramaturg for playwright Naomi Wallace, including "Things of Dry Hours," which is set in Alabama in the 1930s, and "The Liquid Plain," a play about the slave trade which will premiere next summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Last spring Peter made his acting debut, portraying Joseph McCarthy in Carlyle Brown's "Are You Now or have You Ever Been?" at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio.

Days to Come

Cast and Roles
Actor Character in play Role
Jeffrey Brenner Townsperson Townsperson
George M. Calger Henry Ellicott Lawyer for the Rodman family
Jordan Cavello Townsperson Townsperson
Gary Davis Sam Wilkie Organizer for strike breakers at the Rodman factory
Christian Finch Andrew Rodman Co-owner of the Rodman brush factory near Cleveland
Michael Freier Townsperson Townsperson
John Gottskalkson Joe Easter Strike breaker brought in to protect the Rodmans
Jerry Hoffman Townsperson Townsperson
Tom Kelly Townsperson Townsperson
Shira Levenson Julie Rodman Andrew's wife
Laura-Ann Lewis Hannah Cook for the Rodmans
Paul McGlynn Leo Whalen Labor organizer
Jay McMahon Townsperson Townsperson
Sheila McMahon Lucy Servant for the Rodmans
Camille Nimmer-Guentner Tom Firth's daughter Tom Firth's daughter
Judy Rein Townsperson Townsperson
Gabriel Rysdahl Thomas Firth A worker at the Rodman factory who's on strike
Barcy Stricker Cora Rodman Andrew's sister and co-owner of the factory
Doug Thompson Mossie Dowel Strike breaker brought in to protect the Rodmans

Read the program from the play.

This production is sponsored in part by generous donations from:

AFSCME logo AFSCME Minnesota Council 5
AFSCME Local 2864 logo AFSCME Local 2864
IBEW Local 110 logo IBEW Local 110

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Last updated: 10/18/2012