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BC High Awaits “Waiting for Lefty”

Declan Leary '17, Editor-in-Chief

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After a massive success last year with A Few Good Men, Dennis Canty is returning to Morrissey Boulevard to direct his second B.C. High fall play: Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets. Lefty is a relatively obscure play from 1935 about the struggles of the working class at the height of the Great Depression. It is centered around the debates in a union over whether to go on strike, and breaks off at points into vignettes detailing the personal histories and motivations of certain union members. The play tackles the difficult and important topics of poverty, workplace discrimination, and the dangers of radicalism.

Though the script itself is no masterpiece, the school is relying on the directorial skill and vision of Mr. Canty, the sitting president of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, to transform it into a piece of theater as stunning as his production of A Few Good Men. Pieces of poetry and music from the period and the movement will be interspersed throughout the play. A unique, closed-off set will be constructed in Bulger Theater to completely immerse the audience in the world of the play. Perhaps most interestingly, Canty has created two different casts, which will alternate performance nights, to ensure a dynamic and unpredictable show.

On the heels of one of B.C. High’s greatest theatrical successes, we encourage you to come experience this next work from Dennis Canty and the Dever Players at 4 p.m. on Thursday 11/10 and Thursday 11/17, and 7 p.m. on Friday 11/11 and 11/18 and Saturday 11/12 and 11/19.

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BC High Awaits “Waiting for Lefty”