Clifford Odets: Waiting For Lefty (2935 words)

Composition and Early Stage History

Clifford Odets’ long one-act play Waiting for Lefty was inspired by a strike by New York City taxi drivers and was first performed by the Group Theatre at the Civic Repertory Theatre in New York City on January 5, 1935, as a benefit for New Theatre magazine, before a pro-labour audience of about 1400, nearly all of whom were receptive to Odets’ impassioned call to arms for the working class in the middle of the Great Depression. There is a legend that the play was written in response to a contest, sponsored by the New Theatre League and announced in the September 1934 issue of New Theatre, calling for politically engaged plays that could be performed in any meeting p…

Clausson, Nils. "Waiting For Lefty". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 August 2012
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