Overview of Kitchen Theatre's new production From White Plains and look at recent vote concerning Tompkin County's living wage policy.
The Kitchen Theatre Company has just begun its run of a new show entitled From White Plains. Written and directed by Michael Perlman this show delves into the complex life of a screenwriter who just hit the big time. In the play the protagonist, Dennis Sullivan has received an Academy Award for an indie film he produced about his youth. However when he gets up to accept his award his speech turns from the typical stumbling of thank-yous to a speech against bullying in which he particularly names his own high-school aggressor, former classmate Ethan Rice on national television. Perlman’s theatrical production is quite interesting, as the audience never views clips from the movie Sullivan produced or the actual acceptance speech. Instead, the focus is on isolated, specific scenes that overall form a snapshot of humanity through the technology of our time. This ninety-minute show runs through November 10th so make sure to check it out. For more information call 272-0570 or visit kitchentheatre.org.
In other news, the Tompkins County Legislature voted 10-5 on Monday to approve $100,000 to support the living wage for 2014. The amendment is the first step in broadening America’s overall living wage policy to contract workers. Tompkins County currently has a decade-old program which only recommends contractors pay a living wage but does not require it. While all county employees do presently receive a living wage, this policy is not true of workers outside county jobs. Overall, if a general policy is to be implemented the cost could run from anywhere between $1 million and $2 million.
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