openPR Logo
Press release

One Big Union, IWW and Sabotage Cat Put to Music in San Pedro

04-06-2009 05:33 PM CET | Associations & Organizations


The Relevant Stage Theatre Company in Residence at Warner Grand Theatre

The Relevant Stage Theatre Company in Residence at Warner Grand Theatre

The Relevant Stage Theatre Company (TRS) will present a visionary musical adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s 1924 play, “Singing Jailbirds”. The new production titled, UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL will feature a large cast of performers. The story is set in 1920’s San Pedro, the Port Town of Los Angeles amid the demonstrations of union activists during the worker’s movement.

The World Premiere of UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL will feature over 35 musical numbers, including numerous songs from the IWW’s (Industrial Workers of the World) Little Red Songbook by Joe Hill, T-Bone Slim, Ralph Chaplin and other Wobbly leaders. The score also includes popular music from the decade such as If I Could Be With You, Have A Smile, Sonny Boy, If I Had You, Love’s Ship, and more. Composer and Music Director Robert Gross, along with Writer and Lyricist, Ray Buffer also penned several original songs and the entire show consists of new musical arrangements.

The cast features Joshua Searcy as Red Adams; opera performer Amanda Meyers as Nell; New York City actress Amelia Meena as Muriel, the Stenographer; Chris Stolz as the District Attorney; Justin Tyler Brooks as Jake Apperson; Mark Wells as The Dominie, Isela Griffith as Mrs. Smith, Jonathan Lucero as One Lung; Frank Blakley as Joe; Richard Taylor II as Pete, and Joseph Blakley as Sonny Boy.

Comprising the ensemble of “jailbirds” are over 15 men from the Beacon House Association of San Pedro’s Sober Living Program who perform supporting roles as well as the many working class songs with aplomb. In addition, TRS also will feature teens from the drama and music programs of San Pedro High School in the chorus.

Opening each performance with a special acoustic preshow, will be Random Lengths News Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, James Allen, performing his composition, “The Ballad of Liberty Hill”.

The story of UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL opens with Red Adams, a leader of the Wobblies, who is thrown into solitary confinement without criminal charges for peacefully demonstrating. Threatened with the charge of criminal syndicalism (a charge no longer in the State of California’s law books) Red begins to lose touch with reality as isolation and starvation begins to play with his mind. Through Red’s delusions we see his secret past, and his perceptions of the present and future. His steadfastness to the doctrine and vision of the One Big Union is what keeps him grounded as he and his fellow workers use songs to turn pain into power and get their pleas for change heard.

In 1923, 86 years before this production, Upton Sinclair climbed the steps of a platform that striking dockworkers had built atop a hillock they named Liberty Hill. As someone held a candle for illumination, Sinclair said nothing about the 600 dockworkers who had recently been arrested for striking. He only tried to read the Bill of Rights. He got as far as the first three lines of the 1st Amendment, the one guaranteeing freedom of speech, before he was arrested. His experience led to the writing of “Singing Jailbirds.” The ACLU of Southern California was formed the same day that Sinclair addressed the public, one week after his arrest and three years after the national ACLU had formed. Sinclair’s arrest and release also led to the empowerment of the labor movement.

Robert Gross who scored the popular original TRS production of The Christmas Carol. is back as composer and arranger putting new spins and exciting passion into music that has not been heard in nearly a century, as well as collaborating to create new songs.

Producing Artistic Director and Founder of The Relevant Stage, directs this production, with Mercie Maes as Stage Manager, Amelia Meena as Choreographer, Nathan Schroeder as Technical Director, Brooke Corpus as Set Designer, Kara McLeod as Costumer Designer, Richard Taylor as Lighting Designer, Ty Maes as Set Carpenter, and Denise Fuller as Sound Designer.

Sinclair’s four-act play on which this new production of UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL is based, ran for 79 performances on Broadway in 1928 and 1929. 80 years later, this new musical production will run May 22 – May 24; May 29 – May 31, 2009 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, and Sundays at 2:30 PM. Performances will be at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. WGT is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Senior Citizens & Adult Students and $5 for 18 & under. Wine Lover’s packages are $25 and include the show plus a sampling of up to 6 wines prior to the performance across the street from the theatre at Off the Vine. Dinner Theatre package is available at Whale & Ale British Restaurant for $40 and includes a two-course dinner with house wine, beer or soda - before the show.

A special FREE private performance of UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL will take place on Friday, May 22, 2009 for teens and teachers to attend at 12:00 Noon. Schools wishing to bring students may contact (310) 929-8129 to make FREE reservations.

Advance tickets may be purchased at Press inquiries may be made to or (310) 929-8129.

The Relevant Stage Theatre Company produces new and contemporary musicals that challenge hearts, engage minds and expose truths.

Sally Lodge, PR
600 S. Pacific Avenue #220
San Pedro, CA 90731

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release One Big Union, IWW and Sabotage Cat Put to Music in San Pedro here

News-ID: 74731 • Views:


The Reviews are in - THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a Hit - See it Now in San Pedro
The Reviews are in - THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a Hit - See it Now in San Pedro
Two more weekends remain with 6 performances of THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West 6th Street in San Pedro, CA 90731. John Farrell, reviewer for the Daily Breeze reviewed THE LAST FIVE YEARS and had this to say: “Good news - great news, even: "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown, which opened Friday night at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, is a
San Pedro Theatre Director Featured in DramaBiz Magazine
San Pedro Theatre Director Featured in DramaBiz Magazine
The October/November Issue of DramaBiz Magazine features a cover story about the producing artistic director of The Relevant Stage Theatre Company, Ray Buffer and the cultural environment in Downtown San Pedro at Warner Grand Theatre. DramaBiz Magazine is published by Enlighten Entertainment LLC which was founded in 1998 for one reason and one reason only—helping entertainment entities be successful in their business. Perhaps it was born of the love of the
Bat Boy Spotted in San Pedro
Bat Boy Spotted in San Pedro
A creature described by onlookers as half bat, half human was spotted running near the 110 off ramp at Gaffey Street, yesterday at approximately 3:40 P.M. A source reports that the creature seemed erratic and angry, and appeared to be singing with a British accent. A student from Mary Star of the Sea High School snapped a photo of the creature while walking to a 7-Eleven. “It seemed
Sydney Weir to Star as Shelley Parker in San Pedro's Bat Boy The Musical
Sydney Weir to Star as Shelley Parker in San Pedro's Bat Boy The Musical
The Relevant Stage Theatre Company presents the US Stage Company Premiere of the London/Toronto 2004 Revision of Bat Boy The Musical Story and Book By KEYTHE FARLEY and BRIAN FLEMMING Music and Lyrics By LAURENCE O'KEEFE Presented at Warner Grand Theatre, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Licensed Under Agreement with Weekly World News, Dramatists Play Service and directly with the authors. Direction: Lucas Pakes

All 5 Releases

More Releases for Sinclair

Dr. Leeds Shows How to Handle Alcohol Cravings with the Sinclair Method
Fort Lauderdale, FL - USA | August 12, 2021 -- Dr. Leeds is now providing The Sinclair Method treatment to help people who need helping with alcohol cravings. Pharmacological extinction using naltrexone therapy helps patients to cut back on alcohol consumption. The Sinclair Method ( uses naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, to help erase the harmful learned behavior of drinking alcohol. If you are wondering how to stop craving wine, beer, vodka,
Facial Injectables Market Watch: Spotlight On Ipsen, Sinclair Pharma, Bloomage B …
HTF Market Intelligence released a new research report of 89 pages on title 'Worldwide Facial Injectables Market Drivers, Opportunities, Trends, and Forecasts: 2019–2025' with detailed analysis, forecast and strategies. The study covers key regions that includes North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (ROW) and important players such as Allergan Plc, Galderma S.A., Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA, Ipsen S.A., Sinclair Pharma Plc, Bloomage
Sinclair Digitech is lifting up! Hype of our new Digital Marketing Website
Sinclair Digitech - A leading Digital Marketing Agency based in India who is growing rapidly in providing offshore design and development services is glad to announce a launching of a new website focusing on providing 360° Digital Marketing solutions such as Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Paid Marketing, Conversion Rate Optimization, Website Design and Development and other Inbound Marketing Services. We are full-service digital marketing agency growing at a
Global Soluble Fertilizer Market Report 2018 : Omex, PotashCorp, Sinclair, Nutri …
Qyresearchreports include new market research report "Global Soluble Fertilizer Sales Market Report 2018" to its huge collection of research reports. The global Soluble Fertilizer market is driven by a variety of regional and global factors, a critical assessment of which forms the crux of the report. The key dynamics of the market is constantly influenced by changing business models and several paradigmatic shifts in recent years, holistic insights of which is
Global Dermal Fillers Market 2017 - Suneva Medical, Sinclair, Seikagaku
The motive of this strategic research report entitled "Global Dermal Fillers Market 2017" is to provide company officials, industry investors, and industry members with consequential insights to enable them make reliable strategic decisions regarding the opportunities in the global Dermal Fillers market. Key Notes On Dermal Fillers Market: "Global Dermal Fillers Market 2017 "offers crucial insights into the global Dermal Fillers market along with the market size and estimates for the duration
Global Pyrethrins Market 2016- W. Neudorff, Sumitomo Chemical, Sinclair Animal & …
Market.Biz has recently launched new Market Research Report on "Pyrethrins Market" is a in-depth and professional survey on Pyrethrins Market. The research study Global Pyrethrins Industry offers strategic assessment of the Global Pyrethrins market. The industry report focuses on the growth opportunities, which will help the Global Pyrethrins industry to expand operations in the existing markets. Major Manufacturers Analysis of Pyrethrins :- (with Company Profile, Product Picture and Specifications, Sales Volume, Sales