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Georgia Southern University Theatre Program to Present Triangle Factory Fire Project

eagleheadGeorgia Southern University’s Theatre and Performance program will bring the critically acclaimed The Triangle Factory Fire Project, written by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans, to the Black Box Theatre at the Center for Art & Theatre on Oct. 3-10.

Tickets are $5 for current Georgia Southern students, high schools students with a valid ID or children (13 and under), $10 for Georgia Southern University faculty and staff and general admission. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., except for Oct. 7 which will begin at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 p.m. in New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory – where 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia and Italy toiled 14 hours a day making ladies’ dresses – a cigarette was tossed into a bin of fabric scraps, and flames swept through the eighth, ninth and 10th floors of the building.


Panic-stricken workers ran in all directions. On the ninth floor, some made it to the fire escape, only to have it collapse beneath them. Others ran to the exit but found the door locked. Many, including the soon-to-be-married Margaret Schwartz, died with their hands on the doorknob. Dozens leapt from the windows to their deaths, shocking the crowd of onlookers gathered below. And some, through bravery or sheer luck, made it out alive. In about 28 minutes the fire was under control, but 146 people had died.

The Triangle Factory Fire Project uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed. It culminates in the manslaughter trial of the factory owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, the repercussions of which shaped social, political and economic policies for decades to come.

By using real words spoken by real people, from Ukrainian seamstresses to millionaire Fifth Avenue socialites, The Triangle Factory Fire Project paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.

“It is a story that has disappeared from view and it needs to be told,” said director James Harbour.

For more information, call the Black Box Theatre box office at 912-478-5379.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906 offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University is one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu

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