Join us for an evening of short plays written and performed by PSC-CUNY members who are involved with the care of an elderly, ill, or disabled family member. The plays focus on the care relationship, the labor involved, and its impact on the life and work of CUNY faculty, staff and retirees. The featured plays were written in a playwriting workshop led by Working Theater’s Joe White as part of “The Labor of Care Archive: Caregiver Narratives from CUNY and its Communities,” organized by Kathy McDonald as part of the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.
About TheaterWorks!: TheaterWorks! teaches performance and writing skills to working people. In the sixteen-week workshop, participants wrote and rehearsed short theatrical pieces based on their work and caregiving experiences and will perform them alongside professional actors and directors.
PSC-CUNY Wirters & Performers Include:
Dhipinder Walia, Lehman College
John Reid Currie, NYC College of Technology
Grisel Acosta, Bronx Community College
Valerie Knight, College of Staten Island
Marcos Bernal-Salas, Bronx Community College
Carmelina Cartei, Hunter College
Andrea Tienan, Baruch College
Constance Gemson, LaGuardia Community College
Diana Murilllo, Kingsborough Community College
Willie Tolliver, Hunter/Graduate Center, CUNY
Co-directed by Joe White and David Smilow.
About The Labor of Care Archive: Caregiver Narratives from CUNY and its Communities: This project works closely with labor and arts-based community partners to create, showcase, and archive personal narratives by and about family caregivers who tend the elderly, ill, and disabled while working and/or going to school at CUNY, as well as oral history narratives from home health workers in the New York City area, many of who are CUNY students themselves and who often work in partnership with family caregivers.
About Working Theater: Founded in 1985, the Working Theater's mission is to produce plays for about and with working people (the majority of Americans working in the industrial, transportation and service industries.) In a nation that is frequently divided by cultural and class distinctions and where economic disparity continues to widen, Working Theater is committed to making theater that can bridge those divisions, expanding the reach of theater’s impact to all people, uniting us in our common humanity.
About PSC-CUNY: The Professional Staff Congress is the union that represents more than 27,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the CUNY Research Foundation. It is dedicated to advancing the professional lives of its members, enhancing their terms and conditions of employment, and maintaining the strength of the nation's largest, oldest and most visible urban public university.
Co-sponsored by the Working Theater, PSC-CUNY, and The Labor of Care Archive from the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.