About this performance

Join us for an evening of short plays written and performed by PSC-CUNY members who are involved with the care of an elderly, ill, or disabled family member. The plays focus on the care relationship, the labor involved, and its impact on the life and work of CUNY faculty, staff and retirees. The featured plays were written in a playwriting workshop led by Working Theater’s Joe White as part of “The Labor of Care Archive: Caregiver Narratives from CUNY and its Communities,” organized by Kathy McDonald as part of the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

This performance takes place at A.R.T./New York Theatres, Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St (just west of 10th Ave), New York, NY 10019.

About TheaterWorks!: TheaterWorks! teaches performance and writing skills to working people. In the sixteen-week workshop, participants wrote and rehearsed short theatrical pieces based on their work and caregiving experiences and will perform them alongside professional actors and directors.

PSC-CUNY Writers & Performers Include:

Susan Naomi Bernstein, Queens College and Baruch College

Mimi Gisolfi D’Aponte, Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Magda Azucena Doyle, Hunter College

Tami Gold, Hunter College

Alyse Keller, Kingsborough Community College

Ellen Lewis, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Sarah Ann Standing, New York City College of Technology (City Tech)

Pamela Stemberg, City College of New York and Hostos Community College

Kit Flanagan*
Ray Iannicelli
Nick Velkov*
Lori Wilner*

Co-directed by Joe White* and Barbara McCrane*.

*Members of the Actors' Equity Association.

About The Labor of Care Archive: Caregiver Narratives from CUNY and its Communities: This project works closely with labor and arts-based community partners to create, showcase, and archive personal narratives by and about family caregivers who tend the elderly, ill, and disabled while working and/or going to school at CUNY, as well as oral history narratives from home health workers in the New York City area, many of who are CUNY students themselves and who often work in partnership with family caregivers.

About Working Theater: Founded in 1985, the Working Theater's mission is to produce plays for about and with working people (the majority of Americans working in the industrial, transportation and service industries.) In a nation that is frequently divided by cultural and class distinctions and where economic disparity continues to widen, Working Theater is committed to making theater that can bridge those divisions, expanding the reach of theater’s impact to all people, uniting us in our common humanity.

About PSC-CUNY: The Professional Staff Congress is the union that represents more than 27,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the CUNY Research Foundation. It is dedicated to advancing the professional lives of its members, enhancing their terms and conditions of employment, and maintaining the strength of the nation's largest, oldest and most visible urban public university.

Co-sponsored by the Working Theater, PSC-CUNY, and The Labor of Care Archive from the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.





CUNY writers of the TheaterWorks! class on Caregiving at CUNY.