Slaughter City: Dark Drama Carves Up Class, Race and Sex
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The last date listed for Slaughter City was Sunday July 14, 2013 / 3:00pm.
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The headlines in March 1965, much like those of today, screamed racial struggle, violence and tragedy. On March 7, which later became known as Bloody Sunday, hundreds of civil rights activists marching from Selma to Montgomery were blocked, beaten and shot with tear gas by Alabama state troopers. Moved by the footage flooding the news channels, two women travel to Alabama to join the civil rights movement. But once there, they discover that the movement's challenges, much like their own, are more complex than they realized. Company member Amy C. Buckler directs this 20% Theatre Company Chicago world premiere by 20% artistic associate Laura Nessler. Learn More
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Featured review from Jan P.
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Sorry to say, my friend and I left at intermission because the story was just too weird. We are avid theatergoers so we've pretty much seen it all, but this one was baffling. The reason I gave it two stars is because the performers did their best with what they had and the theater, in spite of being a storefront, is comfortable. I felt bad that the audience was so small. In fact the cast outnumbered the audience. Maybe no one came because it was Father's Day. Good luck to the hard-working cast in the coming weeks.
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I'm sorry to say, I really did not enjoy this show at all. The show itself was all over the place. It tried to do/say/be too many things at once. Was it about race? gender? workplace conditions? labor/union issues? mortality? abuse of power? Yes...continued
Up to their elbows in carcasses and hard labor, workers Codd, Roach, Maggot, and Brandon strive to navigate their flawed relationships while their boss gropes them, pits them against each other, and manipulates a black supervisor trying to work his way up. The divides between union and scab, black and white, male and female, and past and present begin to melt, as the Sausage Man turns his grinder in Slaughter City.
This play has mature subject matter and is not recommended those age 15 or younger.