There have been many questions about the various images making up the poster for this season’s Stagecraft production, The Triangle Factory Fire Project. Ron Boyd, the designer of the poster assures us that each of the images is taken from the actual records of the period and that there is a fascinating story behind each picture.
We are honoured to share the stories behind the images with you.
This is Josephine Cammarata, 18, who lived at 18 Cornelia Street, and is one of the six people only recently identified a whole century after the fire. These bodies were burned to the extent that identification was not possible. Josephine may have been a cousin of Ms. Prestifilippo’s. She was engaged to be married on Easter, and her relatives said that she wore a bracelet and a ring on the day of the fire.
Holy Blossom Temple Stagecraft Company is proud to announce its next production: “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” written by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans and directed by Eric Kirsh.
“The Triangle Factory Fire Project” tells the story of the tragic sweatshop fire and its aftermath. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers in a New York City factory on March 25, 1911, one hundred and one years ago.
The play’s dialogue, ripped from the headlines and eyewitness testimony, is crafted by the authors into a compelling drama providing a sweeping tale of hopes and dreams dashed in a senseless factory fire.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was instrumental in the establishment of unions, improved building codes and labour laws that changed the nature of work in North America.
The fire lasted 18 minutes.
Its repercussions are still being felt today, both in lessons learned, and in (as in the case of the Foxconn explosion in China) lessons ignored.