By Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, based on the book by Studs Terkel.

Directed by Wm. Patrick Barlow

Working explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to the second shift blahs using the original words of some uncommon "common" men and women. Twenty-six workers, including a parking lot attendant, corporate executive, newsboy, schoolteacher, gas man, housewife, fireman, waitress, millworker, sailor, etc. sing and talk about their jobs, defining not only their daily round, but their hopes and aspirations as well.

This energetic musical is brought to life with the help of songs written by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor.

The play, like the book, is written in a series of narrative vignettes, using the words of ordinary people as they struggle with the realities of a world that seeks to define them by what they do for a living. Often, what one does for a living is an individual's connection to reality, yet, as one woman in the show observes, "most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit." From hardworking migrant workers in the field to corporate executive, and all those in between, each person has a story to tell.

The show makes us question just how ordinary are "ordinary" people. This and other issues are all presented with wit and self-deprecating humor, oftentimes using the actual words of people interviewed by Terkel. It is for this reason that a disclaimer has been added that language used in some instances may be too strong for younger audiences.

Produced by MATC Performing Arts at the Mitby Theater, MATC Truax Campus, 3550 Anderson Street, Madison.

Peformances March 9-17, 2001

Performances will be held March 9-11 and 16-17 in MATC's Mitby Theater, located on the MATC-Truax Campus, 3550 Anderson Street.

March 9
8 pm
 March 10
8 pm
March 11
3 pm
March 16
8 pm
 March 17
3 and 8 pm

General Public tickets are $12, Senior citizens are $11 and MATC Students are $6. Reserved tickets may be purchased from the Mitby Theater Box Office, 3550 Anderson Street, or by calling (608) 243-4000. Phone orders can be taken with MasterCard or Visa. The Mitby Theater Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm.


The Cast and Staff

MATC Performing Arts is dedicated to providing theatrical experiences to the greater Madison area community. The cast of Working includes community members, MATC alumni and students as well as a number of MATC staff, faculty and district board members. Noted in the cast list are district board member Sandra Adell; staff members Kathryn Ambler and Laurel Anderson; English Instructor Larry Hansen; Counselor Rocio Martinez; and Arts & Sciences Associate Dean Marian Timmerman. Please see below for a complete listing of names.

The production will be produced and directed by Patrick Barlow, vocal direction by Bill Bush, choreography by Robin Fonfara, orchestra by Jeff Peronto, stage management by Chris Lechner, lighting design by Corey Helser.

Cast List

Cast Member



Other Item of Note

Sandy Adell


Detroit, MI

MATC District Board Member

Portia Adney


Sun Prairie

MATC Student

Kathryn Ambler



MATC Staff

Laurel Anderson

Office Worker

Sun Prairie

MATC Staff

Bonnnie Balke

Cleaning Woman

Shwano, WI

Community Member

Sharon Brolin



Community Member

Craig Cole



Community Member

Reed Doerr

Office man

Westby, WI

MATC Student

Larry Hansen

Fireman/Office Worker

Neenah, WI

MATC English Instructor

Carina Henderson

Millworker Soloist

Mount Horeb

MATC Student

Don Isaacson



Community Member

Rocio Martinez

Migrant Worker

San Juan, Puerto Rico

MATC Counselor

Ross Moore


Oregon, WI

MATC Student

Amy Nelson

Waitress/Fund Raiser

Hartford, WI

Community Member

Tate Noordyk


Plymouth, WI

MATC Student

Alex Nystrum

Roberta/Migrant Soloist


MATC Student

Eric Peters

Mason Soloist


Community Member

Roger Rickman

Mike, Trucker


MATC Alumnus

Kristin Rogers



MATC Student

Louise Stout

Office Worker


Community Member

Jay Timmerman

UPS Man/Fireman 2


MATC Student

Marian Timmerman



MATC Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences

Vicki Williams


Adams, WI

MATC Student