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Let Freedom Really Ring: American Blues Theater takes a stand with "Waiting for Lefty" | Newcity Stage
By Brian Hieggelke When the American Blues Theater ensemble was gathered in the spring of 2010 to vote on the next season, the idea to produce Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty" spawned a spirited debate over the relevance of its subject. "We were like, 'Does anyone even care about unions?'" says producing artistic director Gwendolyn Whiteside. "And then after we selected 'Waiting for Lefty,' all hell started to break loose in Wisconsin," Whiteside says. "I was fascinated and I couldn't believe what was going on. And then Indiana erupted, and Ohio, and everything that was going on in world politics. I probably learned more about union politics because of these events in the past year than I had in school." School starts early, in mid-August, for the cast of "Lefty." It's the opening night of rehearsals and about three dozen or so folks are gathered in a large room that is the Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space in Lakeview. American Blues has committed to an extra-large cast for this