“Working” game features local stories

Working: A Musical premieres at Parkway Playhouse June 4-18, 2022! Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the workers the world so often takes for granted: the teacher, the COVID frontline workers, the waitress, the carpenter, the mason and the housewife, to name a few.

“Reconnecting with our local community has been a priority for us after being closed for two seasons during the pandemic,” said general manager Marci Bernstein. “That’s why we chose the musical Working as our season opener. This new take on the classic show allowed us to replace sections of the script with interviews with Burnsville residents. Stories from our town – an Altec welder, a local mechanic, a pilot who lives in Mountain Air, etc. – are featured in the show.

Building the new parts of the script was a group effort. Parkway staff visited the community and interviewed local residents about their work. The stories they told were then written into monologues and incorporated into the show’s existing script. From these interviews, audiences will get to know Alesa Bryant, a retired teacher who opened up enough to share that “teaching wasn’t something I always wanted to do. I really liked literature. I hadn’t really thought about liking students…until I did. And Glen Raven’s Tony Allen, who shares how an effort to pay for a new car launched an unexpected 44-year career at one of Burnsville’s oldest employers.

“Bringing all of these stories to life has been nothing short of thrilling,” says Working director Janice Schreiber. “Plus there’s fantastic music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor, Stephen Schwartz – it’s the perfect way to get out of quarantine and into the theatre!”

Tickets are available at the box office at 202 Green Mountain Dr, Burnsville, NC 28714 Thursday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour before performances or online at www.parkwayplayhouse.com.

The work is directed by Janice Schreiber, with musical direction by Patricia Sands and choreography by Grace Fulghum. This production features Lily Bartleson, Ric Cedergren, Wesley Harmon, Christy Montesdeoca, Jason Phillips, Roberta Whiteside, Tiffanie Boone, Leif Cedergren and Jana Hetherington.

Parkway Playhouse is a professional theater company located in Burnsville, North Carolina. The oldest operating theater in North Carolina, they are celebrating their 75th season this year. Parkway Playhouse offers something for everyone, including shows, classes, community events and more! To learn more about Parkway Playhouse, please visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.