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Steelworkers' Play Benefit Performance Scheduled for Santa Monica Union Hall

April 13, 1986

A special benefit performance of "Lady Beth: The Steelworkers' Play" will be presented by the TheatreWorkers' Project and the Workers' Rights Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union, at 3 p.m. April 27 at the United Food and Commercial Workers' Union Hall Local 1442, 1410 2nd St., Santa Monica.

Ramona Ripston, vice president of the western region of People for the American Way and former executive director of the ACLU/SC affiliate, and actor Paul Winfield will host the performance and a wine-and-cheese reception.

"Lady Beth: The Steelworkers' Play" is the result of a series of theater and writing workshops offered to former Bethlehem Steel plant employees. The Vernon plant closed in 1982 after 52 years of operation.

The project is the idea of Susan Franklin-Tanner, actress, director and teacher of improvisational theater. She is the producer of the play.

The play is funded in part by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is sponsored by the United Steelworkers of America's Old-Timers' Foundation.

A donation of $15 is requested. ACLU staff attorney Gary Williams of the Workers' Rights Committee has further information at (213) 487-1720.

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