Working Based on Studs Terkel

Modern Theatre Boston

By: - Mar 22, 2023


A Musical
Based on the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Localized format conceived by Daniel C. Levine for ACT of CT

Directed by Wesley Savick
Songs by: Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkhead, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor

Modern Theatre
525 Washington Street
Boston, MA  02111
April 13, 14, 15 & 16
Thursday 7:30pm | Friday & Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday matinee 3pm
$10 General Admission | $5 Suffolk Community with I.D.

WORKING, based on the book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do by STUDS TERKEL - Adapted by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ and NINA FASO. WORKING celebrates the everyday laborers who create purpose in their lives by doing their life’s work. Ever wonder what your teacher is really thinking? Does your waiter really want you to, “enjoy your meal”? Witness these often unsung employees take center stage and tell their side of the story.

Director Wesley Savick directs a cast of over 35 Suffolk students who are joined on stage by musical director Scott Nicholas and his 4-piece band. 

Savick chose to approach directing WORKING with inspired optimism. He explains,

"As we continue to navigate the challenges of a politically divided nation, Americans are still largely united by a common  This musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's revolutionary collection of interviews, "Working," celebrates the indomitable search for meaning in a world which seeks to diminish us. It is an uplifting assertion of dignity in the face of market-driven demands. We have set our production in the time of its creation, the late 1970s, in order to illuminate the legacy we continue to manage in 2023. We are very excited to share our discoveries with audiences."

The creative team includes Music Director Scott Nicholas; Lighting Designer Jeff Adelberg*; Assistant Lighting Designer Amanda Fallon; Scenic Designer Jeffrey A. Peterson; Co-Costume Designer Leslie Held; and Adam Godbout, Scene Shop.

Suffolk alumni include: Sound Designer Sam Noto [SU ‘20]; Choreographer Sydney Grant [SU ‘15]; and Props Designer Justin Lahue [SU ‘22].

And current Suffolk University students: Assistant Directors Desiree Mair and Olivia Festa; Production Stage Manager Kendra Waugh; Deck Stage Manager Mikey McCarthy; Co-Costume Designer Lisette van den Boogaard; Assistant Stage Manager Nate Kelleher; and Assistant Stage Manager Aurora Corrado.

Tickets for WORKING are $10 for the General Public and $5 for the Suffolk University community (with I.D.) and available now at

Show dates and times are Thursday, March 13th at 7:30pm, Friday, March 14th and Saturday, March 15th at 8pm, with matinee performances at 3pm on both Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th. All shows are at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston.