Palmdale Playhouse to hold open casting call for The Triangle Factory Fire Project

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse will hold open auditions for the upcoming Enhanced Readers Theatre “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” this Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East in Palmdale.

Roles are available for five men and four females each playing multiple parts. Performers should be prepared to read sides from the scripts, which will be provided at the audition.

The story of The Triangle Factory Fire Project began on Saturday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 p.m.

In the Triangle Waist Factory off downtown Manhattan’s Washington Square – where 500 immigrant workers toiled 14-hour days making women’s dresses – a cigarette was tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts to quench the fire, flames swept through floors 8 to 10. Panic-stricken workers ran in all directions. On the ninth floor, some made it to the fire escape, only to have it collapse beneath their weight. Dozens leaped from windows to their deaths. In the space of 28 minutes, the fire is under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, died.

“The Triangle Factory Fire Project uses eyewitness accounts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed,” said Theatre Operations Technician Linda Willis.

The drama will be directed by M. Steven Felty. Performances will be Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

Upcoming radio play productions for the Playhouse 2011-2012 season include Andrew J. Fenady’s “The Big Guns: or Whose Little Lily Is She?” and “The Shadow Knows!”

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(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)