Set in 1926 West Oakland's Prescott Oakland Point neighborhood, at the end of the transcontinental railroad and the beginning of social and economic mobility for African Americans through the founding of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
This compelling story centers around two veteran Pullman porters
rooming in a Prescott Oakland Point boarding house where their tales of
unbearable working conditions unfold. Other characters include an Irish
immigrant boarding house owner and a wealthy African American club
woman, illustrating the diversity of the Prescott Oakland Point
community during that era. A young male character, recently migrated
from the rural south to potentially find work as a porter, helps
personify the intergenerational dependence and impact of the Pullman
Porter profession on African American’s social and economic mobility in
the US after the civil war.
“These porters stayed the
course for more than 11 years to achieve respectable working
conditions,” says playwright Judith Offer. “They are high on my list of
heroes. This play will reaffirm your belief in the rights of all working
Americans. This is a labor story, an Oakland story, and a love story,”
COMPARED TO WHAT? an Anniversary
Productions offering, written and directed by Judith Offer, will be
performed May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8:00pm and May 12 & 19
at 4:00pm at the First Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 111 Fairmont
Ave., Oakland, CA.
But we need your help to put on a great show!
Support COMPARED TO WHAT? and watch Oakland history come to life!
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