The Triangle Factory Fire Project by Christopher Piehler

Friday, March 01, 2019
7:30 PM (CT)
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StMU Theatre presents

The Triangle Factory Fire Project
by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans

Directed by Bernadette Hamilton-Brady
Production Design by Dion Denevan
Costume Design and Supervision by Kathrine Johnson

March 1-2 and 6-8
7:30 p.m., 
Treadaway Hall, Guadalupe Chapel 

March 3
2:30 p.m., 
Treadaway Hall, Guadalupe Chapel

A private performance will be held for select area high schools on March 5 at 2:30 p.m. This showtime is not open to the public.

$15, General Admission
$12 Faculty, Staff, Military and Senior citizens
$10 Students
Free for professed Marianists


The Story
On Sunday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 p.m., in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory off downtown Manhattan’s Washington Square where 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia and Italy toiled 14 hour days making dresses, a cigarette was tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames swept through the eighth, ninth and 10th floors. Panic-stricken workers ran in all directions. In the span of 28 minutes, the fire was under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, died.
The Triangle Factory Fire Project uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment by moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed. The Triangle Factory Fire Project paints a clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.

The Triangle Factory Fire Project is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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