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CBH Goes to Jewish Theater

The Acme Theater Company production of the play Triangle Factory Fire Project explores the power relationships around the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City. Saturday, January 12, 6:00 p.m.

This 1911 fire killed 146 garment workers — mostly recent Italian and Jewish immigrant women aged 14 to 23.  Not just the workers, but the owners of the factory were Jewish as were most of the labor organizers and rich social justice advocates who supported the labor movement. This is a story from Jewish as well as Labor history.

Using eyewitness accounts and court transcripts the play explores the power structures that lit the match and the explosive impacts that reverberate today.

At a special 6:00 p.m. prologue to the January 12 show, CBH has arranged a talk by Dr. Dan Berman.  Dr. Berman began organizing for improved workplace safety in 1969 and was a grassroots leader in the effort to form OSHA, the first federal agency set up to address the fact that 14,000 Americans were still being killed on the job in 1969.  Dr. Berman is author of the ground breaking book: Death on the Job: Occupational Health and Safety Struggles in the United States. The book documents the diverse movements to end workplace injuries and fatalities. Dr. Berman's talk is free and open to anyone in the community.

There will also be an after-show talk with the Acme cast for anyone interested.

Tickets are $13 general admission and $10 for students, available at AcmeTheatre.net or trianglefactoryfireproject.brownpapertickets.com.  Order early — while some tickets may still be available at the door it is likely this production will sell out as there is limited seating in this small theater.

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