Waiting for Lefty
THE STORY: The action of the play is comprised of a series of varied, imaginatively conceived episodes, which blend into a powerful and stirring mosaic. The opening scene is a hiring hall where a union leader (obviously in the pay of the bosses) is trying to convince a committee of workers (who are waiting for their leader, Lefty, to arrive) not to strike. This is followed by a moving confrontation between a discouraged taxi driver, who cannot earn enough to live on, and his angry wife, who wants him to show some backbone and stand up to his employer; a revealing scene between a scheming boss and the young worker who refuses to spy on his fellow employees; a sad/funny episode centering on a young cabbie and his would-be bride, who lack the wherewithal to get married; a disturbing scene involving a senior doctor and the underpaid young intern (a labor activist) whom the doctor has been ordered to discharge; and, finally, a return to the union hall where the workers, learning that Lefty has been gunned down by the powers-that-be, resolve at last to stand up for their rights and to strike-and to stay off their jobs until their grievances are finally heard and acted upon by those who have so cynically exploited and misused them.
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AGATE ain't ripe ANGRY INCH apron audience Baby Benjamin stands Blackout blows his nose bogeymen boss boy friend brother Bud Haas cards is stacked Christ Cigar Clancy CLAYTON comes committee damn dance Doctors don't run DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE dumb basket ball FATT Fatt's right FAYETTE Fellers fight FLORENCE Florrie found Lefty Goddamnit gotta right grapefruit guess gunman hand hard feelings Hedwig hell Hello Honey hot suppers INISHMORE ISBN JOE AND EDNA kids LAB ASSISTANT EPISODE laughing Leeds listen look MILLER mind being replaced minute old Doc Barnes outa Park Avenue South Philly poison gas red boy run-out powder Scram seated Siegfried smoke sorry strike stuff Suddenly suppers to go Sure talk tell Tom Clayton truly'll VOICE WAITING FOR LEFTY wanna week what's the answer Where's Lefty who's words YOUNG HACK