UTSA Lyric Theatre presents 'Working'

(Sept. 29, 2008)--The UTSA Lyric Theatre of the Department of Music presents "Working" in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus Oct. 3,5, 10 and 12. The musical adaptation of the Studs Terkel book, "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do," examines the viewpoints of average workers -- showing they are anything but average. The production is directed by William McCrary, associate professor of music.

Based on a series of interviews with real working people -- construction workers, teachers, truckers, waitresses, firemen, secretaries and cleaning women -- "Working" is an exploration of the individuals' occupations and a lament for lost hopes and dreams. The characters share aspirations that never came to be, still demonstrating a strong work ethic even in jobs they may detest.

Conceived by Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Pippin"), the book is by Schwartz and Nina Faso with music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor. The lyrics are by Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, Taylor and Susan Birkenhead.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10 (Friday) and 3 p.m. Oct. 5 and 12 (Sunday). Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and are available by calling (210) 458-5685.

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