Czitrom’s Triangle to Hit Off-Broadway Stage

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 16:30

History professor Daniel Czitrom’s play set against the background of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire will have a limited engagement, Off Broadway run next month. New York City’s 59E59 Theaters will present an Equity Showcase production of Triangle from April 14 through May 1, as part of its Americas Off Broadway series. Czitrom collaborated on the work with noted playwright Jack Gilhooley.

Turn-of-the-century New York’s political underworld and immigrant energy come to life in this historical drama centered on the tumultuous love affair between the legendary political boss “Big Tim” Sullivan, roguish and colorful “King of the Bowery,” and the beautiful actress and reformer Margaret Holland. After years of an adulterous affair that produced a daughter, the notorious Tammany Hall power broker and the fictional Mount Holyoke graduate find themselves inextricably bound by the horrible Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. The tragedy claims the lives of 146 victims, mostly Jewish and Italian women and children. In its bitter aftermath, Sullivan and Holland fight to end the horrors of sweatshop labor, even as he is losing his mind to the ravages of syphilis.

Directed by Stephan Morrow, the cast for Triangle includes Ruba Audeh, Donna Davis, Bryant Mason, Michaela McPherson, Ashley C. Williams, and Dennis Wit.

The play had an earlier incarnation as Big Tim and Fanny, first produced at Mount Holyoke’s Rooke Theatre in 1992. To learn more about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and Frances Perkins’s vital connection to it, visit the exhibit currently on display in Archives and Special Collections.

Performances are scheduled Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm; and Sunday at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased by visiting www.59e59.org, or calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. Seating is limited, and purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged.