Mark Making Presents Free Performances Of "Steel Toes And Hired Hands" This Weekend
Monday, September 20, 2021
Mark Making, a Chattanooga-based nonprofit, announces its theatrical production of Steel Toes and Hired Hands, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the performances at no charge.
The play was written by Peggy Douglas, who is the FY22 Individual Artist Fellowship Recipient in Playwriting from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The poetic monologue play set to music gives voice to those seldom heard in Chattanooga’s history about the 1950’s -- mill workers, domestics and hired hands.
The audience will experience stories of strength, beauty and hope based Douglas’s own experience working in a textile mill; as well as, interviews with working class folk with who lived and worked in Chattanooga during that time. The musical interludes-- the bridge that connects the stories-- include: R&B, Country and Rock 'n' Roll.
The play is directed by UTC Professor Anne Swedberg. Assistant directors are Helia Quhite, Shayla Young and Dre Anderson. Musical directors are Kathy Veazey and John Rawlston. The show will also be produced by WUTC for their radio programming.
Sponsors for the event include ArtsBuild, River City Company, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Chattanooga Historical Society.