The Working ensemble cast

Working: a Musical

Presented by Wellesley College Theatre


November 15–18 (Wed–Sat), 7 PM; and November 18–19 (Sat–Sun), 2 PM
Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Originally adapted for the stage by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso in 1978, Working has been updated and revamped for the 21st century with two new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the award-winning playwright and composer of Hamilton. Working, a musical, is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Studs Terkel (1974), which interviewed people from different areas of the country and from different occupations.
 
Working is an examination of 26 people from all walks of life that proves an occupation is more than just a job for the average working American. According to the Old Globe, which in 2009 produced a reimagined version of the 1978 original, “this beloved musical … remains a witty and unusually timely commentary on how work defines one’s self-worth and connection to community.”
 
Directed by Nora Hussey, an ensemble cast portrays workers across the spectrum of American life, including a bar pianist, a waitress, a salesman, a corporate executive, and a steelworker, to name a few. This musical story appeals to all audiences by bringing fresh perspectives to the old question of what defines us as we move through our days. 
 
$15 general admission. $10 seniors and students. Free for all members of the Wellesley College community, Olin, Babson, and MIT students with ID. To make a reservation, call the Box Office: 781-283-2000.
 
In addition to this week of performances in mid-November, the Wellesley College Theatre will offer two sneak-peak performances during Tranformations: Celebrating Pendleton West. These performances, a small portion of the full musical, will feature the music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. They will take place in Pendleton West on Friday, October 20 at 2 PM and Saturday, October 21 at 1:45 PM.