Play recalls taxi driver strike of '34

LONG BEACH - California Repertory Company will begin their second season aboard the Queen Mary on Sept. 24 with "Waiting for Lefty: Seeing Red," the Depression-set, confrontational drama by Clifford Odets.Directed by UC San Diego theater professor Kim Rubinstein, "Waiting for Lefty" is based on the New York taxi driver strike of 1934. "We are living in depressed, desperate times. Not since the Depression has the country rocked on such unstable ground," Rubinstein said. "We walk on the American landscape, juggling greedy desire while attempting to live in safety and decency. Our politics remain confused. We are in great need of a revolution, one that strikes against cruelty and injustice and pumps the grandness of the human heart into every encounter, moment to moment, in our daily lives." Rubinstein, recently the Long Wharf Theatre's associate artistic director, has directed for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep and Chicago Shakespeare. Cal Rep performances are in the Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary. The production runs Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 24 - Oct. 16. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students, military and seniors. Parking is $8 or $6 for CSULB students and patrons who have dinner aboard the ship. For tickets and information, call (562) 985-5526 or visit

********** Published: September 9, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 21