Working - Localized Version
Your local workforce plays a role in this personalized version of Working, creating a unique and special production honoring your own community.
Show Essentials
15
Roles
PG
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

This localized version of Working begins on Monday morning, as the actors introduce their characters and prepare for their day ("All the Livelong Day"). Following this opening scene is an opportunity for the insertion of a localized worker interview. If not, the show continues with Mike Dillard, as he shares the pride of his manual labor and his frustrations in the lack of recognition that he receives for his simple, yet important, work.

Meanwhile, in the land of office cubicles, Amanda McKenny, a project manager at a major business, and several other employees whose personalities are confined to their cubicles, comment on what they do to pass the time of their boring jobs. Amanda, however, has aspirations that are bigger than her current job and shows her determination to work her way up through the ropes.

Next, Freddy Gomez, a fast-food worker who is thrilled when he gets to deliver food and receive tips ("Delivery"), talks of his hopes of saving enough money to live out his dreams one day. Rex Winship, a hedge fund manager and Amanda's boss, tells us of his enjoyment in leadership and the attraction of women to money. He speaks of his aspirations to share his experiences and values as a teacher.

Rose Hoffman, a third-grade teacher, shares her experiences in dealing with different types of children and the changing times since she began working ("Nobody Tells Me How"). Rose speaks about one of her special students, which presents another opportunity for the insertion of a localized worker interview. If a localized interview is not inserted, then Terry Mason enters to share a story of a recent experience traveling as a flight attendant.

A truck horn honks as Frank Decker expounds on his love of cruising through the country as a delivery truck driver ("Brother Trucker"). Going home to visit his wife is a hassle for Frank and, even though he may find himself within minutes of his home, he finds it too difficult to go back to his family. He tries to call his wife to tell her that he will not be coming back home, but his cell phone problems lead him to a phone call with Raj Patel, an operator for Verizon tech support. Raj deals with the struggles of wanting to be a voice for someone in need but with the limitations that his job puts on customer communication. Sharon Atkins, a receptionist, steps in and joins Raj, discussing the negative aspects of jobs that are communication-based.

Kate Rushton, a housewife, receives a phone call that forces her to deal with the challenges of simple housework ("Just a Housewife"). Following this touching scene is an opportunity for the addition of a localized worker interview. If no interview is added, then Conrad Swibel, a UPS man, startles Kate when he arrives to deliver a basket. Conrad relates the excitement that he receives from catching dogs and women unaware in an effort to spice up his job. A hustler, Roberta Victor, and a fundraiser, Candy Cottingham, discuss the necessities of working, scrambling to make money and getting lost in work (this monologue/profession, like others, can be removed from this version of the show).

At this point, the localized version allows for the addition of one of the show’s original monologue/songs featuring Emilio Hernandez, a migrant farmworker, and the song "Un Mejor Dia Vendra". Emilio has worked in the fields since he was a child and wishes people knew the human cost of the produce on their table.

Grace Clements, a millworker, illustrates the dangers of a typical day at the factory and the hardships of living under a constant clock, but offers her secrets to get through it ("Millwork").

Following "Millwork" is an opportunity for a localized worker interview, directly transitioning into "The Mason", where Anthony Coelho, a 60-year-old stone mason, remarks on the joy that he finds in his craft, as shown by his incredible attention to detail. If no local interview is inserted, then Allen Epstein, a community organizer, shares the necessities and troubles in fighting for a better way of life. Here, the localized version allows for the addition of the show's other original monologue/song featuring Al Calinda, parking lot attendant ("Lovin' Al").

The cast enters, assuming various characters from the show, remembering their dreams and aspirations and the challenges that changed their plans along the way ("If I Could've Been"). The position of this scene/song can be shifted in the localized version.

Eddie Jaffe, a publicist, honestly reflects on his shortcomings as a person and how this is reflected in his work. Then, Delores Dante, a waitress, explains her job as a personal passion that she has perfected over the past 16 years ("It's an Art"). Several other common people enter to lament on getting laid off, the economy and the battle to stay above it all.

Joe Zutty, a retired man, offers advice on how to stay active after retirement ("Joe"). Jairo Trujillo, elder care worker, comes to assist Joe and explains that, while his job may not pay much, it is incredibly rewarding work; meanwhile, Theresa Bautista, a nanny, talks about the joy that she finds in caring for children of careless parents ("A Very Good Day").

Tom Patrick, a current firefighter, expresses the intensity of having a life-threatening, yet life-saving, job. Following this touching and important scene is an opportunity for a localized worker interview.

Part of a family line of cleaning ladies, Maggie Holmes finds hope and strength in the belief that her daughter is of a new generation that will break the mold and make something more of herself than has been their family's tradition ("Cleanin' Women"). Following this scene is an opportunity for the insertion of a localized worker interview, which then transitions to Mike being reminded of his son, as he speculates on how quickly his child grew up and how quickly he too must have grown up in his father's eyes ("Fathers and Sons"). If no localized interview is added, then Ralph Werner, a 19-year-old salesman, is sharing his life plan for living, working and a family. Another 19-year-old who is currently collecting unemployment, Charlie Blossom tells of an incredible job that he had with a Chicago newspaper... and how he got fired through a plan that he had concocted in the hopes of being different.

Following this is an opportunity for another localized worker interview, which transitions to all of the workers coming back to restate the importance of taking pride in their work and acknowledge the impact that their work has had on so many other people's lives ("Something to Point To").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Character Breakdown

A Note on Casting and Cast Size

Working - Localized Version can be performed with a cast of 6 or larger, depending on your preference. The Production Guide provides a suggestion for character assignments for a cast of 6. As indicated below and in the Production Guide, some characters can be replaced by localized interviews or, in certain specified cases, eliminated. You may also refer to the Production Guide for more specific information on character edits.

Mike Dillard

An ironworker. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this roles (if included in the show) can also play the roles of Rex and Joe.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Amanda McKenny

A project manager. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Kate and Theresa.

Gender: female
Freddy Gomez

A fast food worker. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Jairo and Raj.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: E3
Rex Winship

A hedge fund manager. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Joe and Mike (if included in the show).

Gender: male
Rose Hoffman

A schoolteacher.  For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the role of Delores.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: F#3
Terry Mason

A flight attendant. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview.

Gender: female
Frank Decker

A trucker. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Anthony and Tom.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: F#3
Raj Patel

A tech support agent. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Jairo and Freddy.

Gender: male
Sharon Atkins

A receptionist. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Grace and Maggie.

Gender: female
Kate Rushton

A housewife. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Amanda and Theresa.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Delores Dante

A  waitress. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the role of Rose.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Anthony Coelho

A stone mason. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Tom and Frank.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Maggie Holmes

A domestic worker. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Grace and Sharon.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Grace Clements

A millworker. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Sharon and Maggie.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Joe Zutty

A retiree. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Rex and Mike (if included in the show).

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Tom Patrick

A fireman. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Anthony and Frank.

Gender: male
Theresa Bautista

A nanny. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Kate and Amanda.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Jairo Trujillo

A elder care worker. For a cast of 6, the actor playing this role can also play the roles of Freddy and Raj.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Roberta Victor

A sex worker. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview.

Gender: female
Conrad Swibel

A UPS delivery man. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview.

Gender: male
Candy Cottingham

A fundraiser. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview.

Gender: female
Allen Epstein

A community organizer. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: E3
Ralph Werner

A student. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview.

Gender: male
Charlie Blossom

An ex-newsroom assistant. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview.

Gender: male
Emilio Hernandez

A migrant farm worker. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview. Performs the optional song "Un Mejor Dia Vendra"

Gender: male
Al Calinda

A parking lot attendant. Optional character that can be replaced with local interview. Performs the optional song "Lovin' Al"

Gender: male
Full Song List
Working - Localized Version: All The Livelong Day
Working - Localized Version: Delivery
Working - Localized Version: Nobody Tells Me How
Working - Localized Version: Brother Trucker
Working - Localized Version: Just A Housewife
Working - Localized Version: Un Mejor Dia Vendra
Working - Localized Version: Millwork
Working - Localized Version: Lovin' Al
Working - Localized Version: If I Could've Been
Working - Localized Version: The Mason
Working - Localized Version: It's an Art
Working - Localized Version: Joe
Working - Localized Version: A Very Good Day
Working - Localized Version: Cleanin' Women
Working - Localized Version: Fathers & Sons
Working - Localized Version: Something to Point To

Billing

From the book by Studs Terkel

Localized format conceived by Daniel C. Levine for ACT of CT

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
You agree to bill the Play, the Authors and the underlying rights owners in all programs (on the title pages, houseboards, and displays and in all advertising and all paid publicity, in the following manner:
WORKING
(100%)
a musical
(50%)
From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
 
Localized format conceived by Daniel C. Levine for ACT of CT 
(33.3%)
 
Songs by
Craig Carnelia
Micki Grant
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead
Stephen Schwartz
James Taylor
(50%)
 
ADDITIONAL TITLE PAGE BILLING: The following credit should also appear on a solo line on the title page, in the same size, style and prominence as the choreographer:
Orchestrations by
Alex Lacamoire
 
SHORTENED BILLING: In advertisements of 1/4 page size or less, or where only the title of the play, performance dates and venue are provided, the following “shortened billing” is permissible:
WORKING
WORKING Song Credits
Each program of the Play should display the following credit lines exactly as listed for each of the compositions actually used in the Licensee’s production (including any optional songs used in the production):
 
“A Very Good Day” Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
“All the Livelong Day” Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (with acknowledgments to Walt Whitman)
“Brother Trucker” Music and Lyrics by James Taylo
“Cleanin’ Women” Music and Lyrics by Micki Grant 
“Delivery” Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Fathers and Sons” Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz 
“If I Could’ve Been” Music and Lyrics by Micki Grant
“It’s An Art” Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
“Joe” Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
“Just a Housewife” Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
“Millwork” Music and Lyrics by James Taylor
“Nobody Tells Me How” Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, Music by Mary Rodgers
“The Mason” Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
“Something to Point To” Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
 
Optional Songs
“Lovin’ Al” Music and lyrics by Micki Grant
“Un Mejor Dia Vendra” Music by James Taylor, Spanish lyrics by Graciela Daniele and Matt Landers
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
DIRECTORS GUIDE DIGITAL1
LIBRETTO VOCAL DIGITAL1
PRODUCTION HANDBOOK1
PRODUCTION HANDBOOK DIGITAL1

Production Resources

Resource
HOW DOES THE SHOW GO ON?
PRODUCTIONPRO-DIGITAL SCRIPT/SCORE
STAGE WRITE APPLICATION
STREAMING & REMOTE LICENSE
VIRTUAL STAGE MANAGER

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASSACOUSTIC BASS , ELECTRIC BASS
DRUMSCASTANETS , CELESTE , CHIMES , CONGAS , DRUM KIT , FLEXITONE , GLOCKENSPIEL , HARP , MARK TREE , MOUNTED TAMBOURINE , SHAKER , SMALL SHAKER , TAMBOURINE , TIMBALES , TINY SHAKER , TRIANGLE , VIBRAPHONE
GUITARELECTRIC GUITAR , NYLON STRG ACOUSTIC , STEEL STRG ACOUSTIC
KEYBOARD1 - CONDUCTOR SCORE