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Department of Theatre & Dance presents Working

The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance is proud to announce the musical Working, based on the book by Studs Terkel as the final show in the 2020-2021 Jubilee Season. The University of Memphis joins theaters nationwide in Jubilee: A year-long celebration of performances generated by individuals that have been historically excluded from our country’s stages.

Based on the best-selling book by Studs Terkel, Working is an honest, unflinching look at the hearts and minds of 26 everyday heroes: the teacher, the millworker, the mason, the stay-at-home mom, and many more.

Working features an exciting, eclectic score with new contribution from Tony-Award winning creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress), and James Taylor (Grammy Award-winner). Working juxtaposes sung and spoken stories, showing us a glimpse of unique individuals while also weaving them into a tapestry of how Americans view work as a reflection of our humanity.

The show will feature a cast of actor/singer/dancers safely distanced and wearing masks and will be filmed and then made available for streaming April 21-24, 2021 at 7:30 PM each evening. Closed captions will be provided.

Working is directed by third-year MFA directing candidate Angela Shultz with a full design collaboration with Scenic Designer Brian Ruggaber, Costume Designer Layne Thomas, Lighting Designer James R. Baker and Sound Designer Anthony Pellecchia. Music Director is Miles Plant and Choreographer is Rachael Arnwine. Like the cast, the design team and all of the students working on the show have been socially distant and wearing masks, keeping everyone safe while creating theatre during the pandemic.

Working  can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. All tickets are free and must be reserved. through the Box Office in order to obtain the streaming link. For more details, visit or call (901) 678-2576.

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