New Second City Show, Studs Terkel's Not Working, to Begin in Chicago July 19 | Playbill

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News New Second City Show, Studs Terkel's Not Working, to Begin in Chicago July 19 The Second City e.t.c. in Chicago will open its 33rd revue, Studs Terkel's Not Working, on July 19. The title refers to the classic oral history book, "Working," by late Chicago-based historian Terkel.

According to the improv troupe, in the new show, "a cast of six talented actors take the piss out of what our world has become and how we got here. We've lost many things, but one thing will always stay the same — Chicago. We'll always have crooked politicians, civic pride and that crazy guy at Foster & Broadway."

Directed by Matt Hovde, the cast of Studs Terkel's Not Working includes Christina Anthony, Amanda Blake Davis, Tom Flanigan, Timothy Edward Mason, Beth Melewski and Andy St. Clair. Mike Descoteaux is musical director, and Joseph Ruffner is stage manager. Set designers are Kevin Depinet and Amy Jackson. The stylist is Logan Vaughn.

The producing team includes executive producer and proprietor for The Second City, Andrew Alexander; vice president of The Second City, Kelly Leonard; and co-producers Robin Hammond and Alison Riley.

Studs Terkel was a Chicago-based author, historian, actor and broadcaster, and typically referred to as the voice of the American worker. He is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans in such books as "Working" and "The Good War." His last book, "P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening," was released in November 2008. Terkel died on Oct. 31, 2008, at the age of 96. To learn more about Studs Terkel and his work, visit

The Second City e.t.c. Theatre is located at 1608 North Wells Street, 2nd Floor of Piper's Alley. Tickets for Studs Terkel's Not Working are available by phone at (312) 337-3992 or online at

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