After a short, intense month of rehearsals, Mothers of Ludlow, YMTC's world premiere production, written by Paul and Martha Boesing, has opened. Friday night, July 16, cast, crew, orchestra and audience members experienced something rare: seeing, hearing, and experiencing the telling of a story never told in this way before. It was, one audience member's words, "stunning," in another's, "amazing."
Still another said:
What a tremendous and awe inspiring show! Thank you so much for bringing Mothers to our YMTC community and to our larger community!...never have I experienced in a theater the kind of full body sobbing this piece drew from me!"
Following Sunday's matinee, a symposium was held in the Julia Morgan Theater, as a part of San Francisco’s LABORFEST, a month-long celebration of the history and culture of working people. Two local labor historians, Zeese Papanikolas, author of Buried Unsung: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre, and Mark Walker, Professor of Anthropology at Sonoma State, lead an open discussion between the audience and the writers, directors, and four members of the cast.
The show is running only one more weekend: Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 at 8pm, and Sunday, July 25 at 2pm.
Check out this 4 minute video clip from the show.