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Program 22: Poetry and the Arts for Workers and their Unions

  • Litho Auditorium 113 University Pl New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Overpass Light Brigade

Overpass Light Brigade' is a short film that tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists. The film showcases OLB's simple, beautiful approach to performance art and action that beckons any who want to creatively join public discourse and voice concerns an elitist political system clamors to quiet.7 minutes

Poetry and Spoken Word Performance by some of NYC’s top Poets

Performances by: Elizabeth Maldonado- Actress/ Director, Theater for the New City; Chris Butters- Poet, Labor activist, DC 37 member, Coproducer Arts Express radio show, WBAI; Lulu Lolo- playwright/actor, socially engaged performance artist, historian and activist; John Pietaro- Union Organizer/ Short Story Writer, Night People; Gil Fagiani- Poet, co-host the monthly Italian American Writers Association's reading series at the Cornelia Street Cafe and Sidewalk Cafe; National Writers Union participant, Caroline Fan,Director of Development, Workers Unite Film Festival, poet. Just added!!! Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir with songs by the choir, and a sermon by the Reverend.

Hosted by the amazing Esther Cohen, writer, poet, Executive Board of the National Writers Union (who will also read a poem). 70 minutes

Working People’s Theater In NYC


Produced by the festival to illuminate other major arts groups working everyday to create and present live theater in NYC on the lives and issues of working people. We focus on The Working Theater, NYC’s pre-eminent producer of original plays that deal with working people’s lives. The Working Theater, with Mark Plesent the current Producing Director, now in its 27th season, is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its many provocative and timely productions, including Honey Brown Eyes, Mercy Killers and last season’s inventive play, La Ruta (The Route) that was performed in every NYC borough in the back of a tractor trailer truck. We also visit with the creators of a new play called East Towards Home and Kristen Marting, who is the artistic director of the HERE Arts Center in Hudson Square, Lower Manhattan. 10 minutes


Ambitious executive, Julien is about to start a new job at a new company. He finishes dressing, when suddenly the most amazing things begin to happen. Tripaliare is an old latin word meaning to torture and to torment; and this is the etymological root for the french word "travailler" ( to work). 11 minutes