Join our 2014/15 company!

Downtown Art is launching its new season and seeking teens for two projects:’Selma ’65’ and the Academy of Creative Engagement and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’  Auditions begin September 11th, 2015.  For info and appointments, checkout www.downtownart.org

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a kosher chicken market….

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We’re not the first to dance in the LES streets

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The remnant of a LES landmark… strictly kosher.

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“East Side Women discussing price of meat….”

East Side Women discussing price of meat

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Lyrics to “Mama Can Manage”

(the opening song in ‘The Great Struggle for Cheap Meat”)

These streets are not very nice, not very nice
and inside there the hall and the stair
are not very nice
Twice
the number this building should hold
and there’s always more

You come up now, this staircase is old
Such a crowd, such a noise
and it’s always this way, always this way

Hello, darling, you eat yet?
I baked something extra
Rebecca will get it
and see, I was saying, that’s life

Do like I tell you, open the door.  Go on.
Well, what do you want?
What were you hoping?
There’s not much space and not much air
Just this room here and that room there
But listen to me, it’s clean
It’s clean in here
I made it clean in here

And these children are fed
My soup’s on the stove
Smells good, nod your head
Smells good, you agree
Yes, yes, smells good

Sit down, that chair is the best
You don’t need to worry
You’re here, you’re a guest
Just listen to me, I know what I’m saying
And drink, drink this cup of tea
Drink

I’m saying, I’m only saying
This is life
Life
and Mama can manage

– lyrics to the opening song in ‘The Great Struggle for Cheap Meat’, the story of the 1902 Kosher Meat Boycott in 29 songs. Written by Ryan Gilliam, music by Michael Hickey.

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Lower East Side Women – a brief timeline

In 1917, they fought for the right to vote.

Six years before, in 1911, twenty thousand of them rose up to demand better working conditions in the factories – the largest women’s strike ever seen in America.

Four years before that, in 1907, Lower East Side women organized 10,000 poor families in a rent strike against the landlords.

But in 1902 — none of this had happened.  No one had thought of women playing such a role.  Because this was the beginning.

– from ‘The Great Struggle for Cheap Meat” based on the Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902

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