Rosie the Riveter

Book By: Trey Clarkson
Play #: 8488
Pages: 64 pgs
Cast: 6 m, 8 w, and ensemble cast of 7 w or more

It’s January 1942, in the throes of World War II. Eddie, the owner of Eddie’s Auto Parts Factory in Cook County, Illinois, is struggling now that there is a freeze on the manufacturing of car parts. His secretary, Rosie, wonders if the factory can secure a government contract and be converted to make airplane parts instead— if only they can find the manpower. At a time when the radio and the mail were the main sources of information, and ration books were in every household, Rosie is willing to shed tradition, roll up her sleeves and do her part. She is chosen to become the iconic image that will inspire so many women workers to join the cause. Full evening.

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Productions

UNION GROVE ISD 9 Performance(s)
GLADEWATER, TX 1/25/2019
LOUDOUN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
PURCELLVILLE, VA 12/6/2018
WHITIN COMMUNITY CENTER 1 Performance(s)
WHITINSVILLE, MA 7/22/2018
PORT SANILAC ARTS COUNCIL 3 Performance(s)
PORT HURON, MI 6/28/2018
CHADRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
CHADRON, NE 6/15/2018
FITZGERALD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI 5/3/2018
DELTON KELLOGG THEATRE COMPANY 3 Performance(s)
DELTON, MI 4/25/2018
CARSONVL-PT SANILAC HIGH SCH 3 Performance(s)
CARSONVILLE, MI 3/22/2018
PULASKI HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
PULASKI, NY 3/9/2018
GREENSBURG CENTRAL CATHOLIC HS 2 Performance(s)
GREENSBURG, PA 11/10/2017
HAYWARD HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 6 Performance(s)
HAYWARD, WI 11/2/2017
FAMILY COMMUNITY THEATRE 4 Performance(s)
HUTCHINSON, KS 8/17/2017
SOUTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CUMMING, GA 4/24/2017
DOYLE HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
LIVINGSTON, LA 4/6/2017
MASON COUNTY EASTERN SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
CUSTER, MI 3/16/2017
WHITE DEER HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WHITE DEER, TX 3/6/2017
NOTRE DAME DE SION 1 Performance(s)
KANSAS CITY, MO 3/3/2017
LEAVENWORTH HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LEAVENWORTH, KS 2/24/2017
HOUGHTON-PORTAGE TWP. SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
HOUGHTON, MI 2/10/2017
LOS GATOS HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LOS GATOS, CA 10/21/2016
GOVERNOR FRENCH ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
BELLEVILLE, IL 5/14/2016
MAQUOKETA VALLEY HS DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
DELHI, IA 5/6/2016
GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE HIGH SCHOO 4 Performance(s)
GLENCOE, MN 4/28/2016
EMPIRE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
VAIL, AZ 4/21/2016
CHIPPEWA VALLEY DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI 3/31/2016
AQUIN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
FREEPORT, IL 11/13/2015
MOUNT ST. MARY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 10/10/2015
OSCAR SMITH HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CHESAPEAKE, VA 5/15/2015
BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BLACKSBURG, SC 4/15/2015
NORTH VALLEYS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RENO, NV 3/25/2015
BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BLACKSBURG, SC 3/19/2015
SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SEYMOUR, MO 3/15/2015
QUANTICO MIDDLEHIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
QUANTICO, VA 3/13/2015
CLARKSTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
CLARKSTON, MI 2/6/2015
FARIBAULT HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
FARIBAULT, MN 11/20/2014
BALD EAGLE AREA DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
WINGATE, PA 11/7/2014
TRACY HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
TRACY, CA 11/7/2014
MCDONOUGH HS DRAMA 5 Performance(s)
POMFRET, MD 11/6/2014

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT TREY CLARKSON TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY

ROSIE THE RIVETER

 

1. What inspired you to write this play?

Working with mainly high school productions for the past 14 years, I kept running into the problem of a disproportionate amount of female talent and interest compared to male interest. After using every trick in the book, from adaptations to gender swapping, I decided to write my own production that could highlight the talent of my female performers. The image of Rosie’s “We Can Do It” poster has always been a strong female symbol, so I was drawn to it as my inspiration for this play.

 

2. What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why?

My favorite part is the opening of Act 2. The letter writing scene can be beautiful. I read so many actual letters of the day in order to capture the themes through lines of the scene. When all the voices are popping around and coming in and out of unison, it makes for an interesting and poignant theatrical moment.

 

3. Tell us a little about the characters.

The characters are all fictitious but are a conglomeration of real women from the day. My research allowed me to read many different letters, journals, and interview transcripts, and I wanted to try to capture the essence of women of the day.

 

4. What did you try to achieve with this play?

I wanted to create a strong storytelling piece that focused on female actors and that shines a light on the historical moments and sacrifices of the Americans during WW2.