This defining moment in the American labor movement has been set to music in Shirtwaist: A Musical Ghost Story, a new show by Ellen K. Anderson, with music by Ryan Brown. Appropriately enough, the show will be presented by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Flying Fig Theater, and staged at the former's Tenement Theatre at 97 Orchard Street—an address where the Jewish immigrant workers at the Triangle factory could very likely have lived.
Dates are Jan. 30-Feb. 16. Heather Ondersma directs.
The story is told through the activities of five ghosts who still inhabit the site of the tragedy (the building, now owned by NYU, is still standing). They impart their memories to a modern-day female Asian-American firefighter investigating a false alarm on the ninth floor and a Brazilian professor she meets there.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors; $9 for Museum members. Call (800) 965-4827 or visit www.tenement.org.
* Coincidentally this season, TACT, The Actors Company Theatre, will present a new company-created work about the fire in spring in Manhattan.