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Precious Memories (2015)

Precious Memories has one act, 84 minutes long.  I wrote the script but not the songs, which are by Sarah Ogan Gunning (“I Hate the Capitalist System”); her brother Jim Garland (“I Don’t Want Your Millions Mister,” the real point of which is that we do); and her half-sister Aunt Molly Jackson (“I Am A Union Woman”), plus two traditional ballads and excerpts from three gospel songs.
THE PLAY: Part memory play, part eulogy, part concert, this one-woman show written by legendary folk singer and community organizer Si Kahn traces the life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, an unsung hero of American folk/labor music history.  The play finds Sarah alone in her Detroit basement apartment on the evening after her sister Aunt Molly Jackson’s funeral, as she attempts to set the record straight and say goodbye.  Although Sarah Ogan Gunning is a name almost unknown to us today, her powerful songs about the coal mining region of Eastern Kentucky in the 1930’s were an influence on Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and other famous folk singers of her day.

Si Kahn <sikahn36@gmail.com

 

Temp Slaves, The Musical (2001)

Director: Catherine Capellaro and Andrew Rohn

Contact: andrew rohn rohn@chorus.net http://www.laborfest.net or http://home.collegeclub.com/tempslave/tshome.html or Labor Video Project, 415-282-1908 lvpsf@labornet.org

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Musical, Working Class

 

Never Steal Anything Small (1959)

94m; U.S.

Director: Charles Lederer

Cast: James CagneyShirley Jones and Roger Smith

Synopsis (IMDB): Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot’s attractive wife, Linda, MacIllaney breaks up their marriage, pursues Linda, and pins a grand larceny rap on Dan. And all set to music!

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Comedy, Musical, Working Class

 

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Newsies (1992)

121m; U.S.

Director: Kenny Ortega

Cast: Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall

Synopsis (IMDB): July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack “Cowboy” Kelly (Christian Bale) organizes a newsboys’ strike. With David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful.

 

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The Pajama Game (1957)

101m; U.S.

Director: George Abbott, Stanley Donen

Cast: Doris Day, John Raitt and Carol Haney

Synopsis (IMDB): Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won’t take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions

 

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