Working, A Musical

APR 14 – MAY 13, 2012
From the book by
Studs Terkel
Adapted by
Stephen Schwartz, Nina Faso, and Gordon Greenberg
Songs by
Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor
Shirley Serotsky
Music Director
Jake Null
Kurt Boehm

The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of “common” men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has ever punched a time clock.

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, just to name a few. It’s a highly original look at the American landscape that’s simply impossible to forget.


The Washington Post Review

“Keegan Theatre’s engaging production at Church Street Theater is workmanlike — that’s a compliment, not a condescension.”

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DC Theatre Scene Review

“Director Shirley Serotsky’s intelligent double casting results in an equal-opportunity vision of the American tapestry, as each actor explores disparate sectors of the economic and cultural spectrum.”

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Washingtonian Review

“Keegan has assembled several strong singers for Working–such as Priscilla Cuellar, whose powerful pipes are showcased in multiple numbers.”

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The Washington Examiner Review

“The Keegan ensemble is strong under Shirley Serotsky’s careful direction.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review

“The Keegan Theatre’s production (aptly directed by Shirley Sertosky) is excellent, featuring a winning ensemble of 15, many of which play multiple roles.”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“Director Shirley Serotsky has done a fine job of weaving the monologues and songs together and the transitions are very smooth. “

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Sherry Berg
Priscilla Cuellar
Tia Dolet
Tina Ghandchilar
Mike Kozemchak
John Loughney
Jane Petkofsky
Meredith Richard
Jennifer Richter
Manuel Ayala Sapelli
Dan Sonntag
RaMond Thomas
Mick Tinder
Dan Van Why

Production Team

Director Shirley Serotsky
Music Director Jake Null
Choreographer Kurt Boehm
Assistant Director Michael Innocenti
Stage Manager Rich Ching
Set and Costume Design Leon Weibers
Lighting Design Stephanie P. Freed
Properties and Set Dressing Carol Baker