West Chester University Department Theater and Dance presents the Triangle Factory Fire project

November 16, 2021

West Chester University’s Department of Theater and Dance presents THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT, a landmark play by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans. Directed by Associate Theater Professor John Bellomo, the show will take place on Friday and Saturday November 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday November 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. at the Mainstage Theater, EO Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester. General admission tickets are $ 12 for adults and $ 7 for children at https://www.wcupatix.com/theatreanddance.

On Saturday March 25, 1911 at 4:45 p.m., flames swept through the Triangle factory. The distraught workers run in all directions. Some make it to the fire escape, only to see it collapse under their weight. Others run to the exit door but find it locked. Dozens of people leap from windows to their deaths, shocking the crowds of spectators gathered below. And some – out of bravery or sheer luck – make it out alive.

The play uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material, including real words spoken by real workers, to create a moment-to-moment account of this horrific event. West Chester University student actors play Ukrainian seamstresses, Italian, Polish and Russian immigrants and Fifth Avenue millionaires.

Director John Bellomo said, “THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history. It explores the human toll that such a tragedy inflicts on all of us. “

The ensemble cast includes: Sloane Duzy (Devon, PA), Mohannad Elhabbal (Syracuse, NY), Aliyah Green (Downingtown, PA), Kat Gregory (Boyertown, PA), Nyred Jackson (Jamison, PA), April Marion ( Lancaster / York, PA), Jonah Padula (Bath, PA), Guinevere Paviglianti (West Grove, PA), Shane Wilson (Oxford, PA). Please check in advance for updated information before attending your performance.

The theater and dance department at West Chester University, an accredited institution of the National Association of Schools of Theater, prepares students for the professional and academic worlds of theater and dance, while educating students about civility, diversity, creativity, problem solving and social responsibility. The department offers a Bachelor of Theater program with elective concentrations in musical theater, performance, design and production, in addition to a minor in dance and a minor in theater.

With more than 17,000 students enrolled, West Chester University is the largest member of the Pennsylvania state higher education system, consisting of 14 institutions. Founded in 1871, the University is a comprehensive public institution, offering a diverse range of over 200 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs in over 50 fields of study. In addition to the main West Chester campus, the University offers programs through its Graduate Center, the Philadelphia campus and online. Six colleges and two schools make up the University: University College, Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the Wells School of Music and the Graduate School.

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