That’s Tony Sancho, who’s starring in “Mother Road” at Arena Stage. He talked about the play on Your Rights At Work last Thursday.
(audio) “I think that's one of the things that inspired Octavio Solis about it because while he was, on a road trip that was sponsored by the, the Steinbeck Center, he was able to interview people along old Route 66 and he would ask them, have you ever read The Grapes of Wrath? And only one man said yes, and that was at the very end of his journey. And not only did he read it, but he could, he could recite passages from it. And Octavio asked him and said, well, why is this book so significant? Why is it so important to you? And him being a Mexican American man, he's like, because I'm Tom Joad now because I'm the new Tom Joad, and, and we, the migrant workers here, we're the new Joads.”
Listen to the rest of our interview on the Union City Radio podcast and find out more about the play at arenastage.org.
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1912, women and children textile strikers were beaten by police in Lawrence, Massachusetts during a 63 day walkout protesting low wages and work speedups.
Today’s labor quote is by John Steinbeck, from “The Grapes of Wrath,” spoken here by Henry Fonda, playing Tom Joad in the film:
"I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look—wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there."
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