Fund for New American Plays

American Enterprise

Organic Theatre Company, Chicago, IL

A dramatic presentation of the life of George Pullman, American Enterprise explores the dynamic social, political, and economic forces of late-19th-century America. Set in Chicago, the play centers on Pullman's idealistic experiment in labor relations: the company town built for the employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company. Pullman's confrontation with emerging labor unions provides an early and facinating chapter in the labor-management struggle that still continues today.

Jeffrey Sweet wrote the award-winning adaptation of Hugh Whitemore's Pack Of Lies for the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" on CBS, which won him an Emmy nomination, and picked up a Writers Guild Award and another Emmy nomination for his work on One Life To Live. Sweet also rewrote The Mayflower Madam for CBS. He won the American Theatre Critics Association Award and was nominated by the Outer Critics Circle for the John Gassner Playwriting Award for his Off-Broadway play American Enterprise. His book The Dramatist's Toolkit: The Craft of the Working Playwright was published by Heinemann and is derived, in part, from his popular classes and lectures and from his "Playwrights' Corner" column for Backstage. His plays and musicals, including I Sent A Letter To My Love with music by Melissa Manchester, have been produced on many leading stages in New York, around the country, and around the world.

Director: Wesley Savick
Set Designer: Richard and Jacqueline Pernod
Lighting Designer: Kevin Snow
Costume Designer: Yslan Hicks
Featured Performers: Gary Houston and Juan Ramirez
Running Dates: March 6-April 4, 1989

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