As part of the annual January celebration of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month, the Lackawanna Historical Society is pleased to present an introductory one-act Lackawanna County premiere of the play "For the Least of Them." The performance will be presented to a limited live audience at the Society's headquarters, the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, on Sunday, January 30 at 2 pm. The performance will also be live-streamed through Electric City Television.
Written by KK Gordon, the play offers a glimpse into the private thoughts and prayers of Fr. John Curran during the Anthracite Strike of 1902. Fr. Curran played an important role in the strike, supporting the striking miners, counseling UMA president John Mitchell and acting as a trusted confidant of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose decision to set up a neutral commission to intervene in a labor dispute marked a major change in how the US government dealt with labor, which up until this point acted as strikebreakers siding with management over labor. KK Gordon, a proud Scrantonian, poet, author and actor who became intrigued by Fr. Curran's story when he saw Gary Anderson's critically acclaimed one-man play 'Clarence Darrow's Search for Justice' at the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton in 2010. Fr. Curran will be portrayed by Plains Native Scott Rave under the direction of Art Walsh.
This one-man, one-act performance is adapted from a full-script play. The Society hopes to present the full version in the near future. Seating is limited and tickets are $15 (or $10 for LHS Members). All attendees are asked to wear facemasks and follow all state and local guidelines regarding Covid-19.