Downtown Springfield Association
Waiting for Lefty - Missouri State Theatre & Dance

Waiting for Lefty – Missouri State Theatre & Dance

March, 3 2023 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

1147 E Grand St Springfield, MO 65804

$14 Adults, $12 Seniors/Students

In the depths of the Great Depression, the New York City cab drivers’ union meets to consider a strike for fair wages and better working conditions. Present is Harry Fatt, a corrupt union boss who actually represents the interests of the taxi fleet owners; Tom Clayton, a company “plant” hired to sow discord and break up the union; and armed guards to intimidate the rank-and-file members. Mysteriously absent is Lefty Costello, the elected leader of the workers who are struggling to feed their families. Has Lefty abandoned the cause, or has something more sinister prevented him from attending? The drivers’ plight is presented in a series of heart-wrenching vignettes that ignite a call for action. As Lefty’s fate is finally revealed, the drivers vote to unite and fight. Based on the New York Taxi Strike of 1934, “Waiting for Lefty” captures a moment in American history that still echoes today!