October 23-26: MCTC presents play ‘Waiting for Lefty,’ tale of union surge in 1930s America


Minneapolis Community and Technical College is presenting the play “Waiting for Lefty,” a timeless drama of class, race and labor issues written in 1935 by Clifford Odets.

Performances will be Wednesday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., with an additional show Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Whitney Fine Arts Center, 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis.

Admission to the play is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

“Waiting for Lefty” takes place in the middle of the 1930s Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is president, anti-communism has reached a feverish height and issues of race and class divide the nation. In the middle of this turmoil, working people are struggling to find a decent job so they can adequately feed their families, but few succeed. When the American populace reaches a breaking point, union-led strikes break out across the nation as cab drivers, truckers, warehouse workers, auto workers, longshoremen, coalminers, textile workers and others walk off their jobs, and take to the streets to demand their rights.

A post-play discussion of contemporary labor issues led by local labor activists will follow each performance.