The Ballad of Joe Hill/Philly Fringe Festival
September 9, 2013
GUESTS: ADRIENNE MACKEY, BRADLEY K. WRENN and WALTER LICHT
The early 20th century labor activist and Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) member, Joe Hill, was hanged in 1915 after a controversial murder trial following over two years in prison. Philadelphiaâ€™s Swim Pony Performing Arts updates their 2006 production of â€śThe Ballad of Joe Hillâ€ť set in the Eastern State Penitentiary for the 2013 Fringe Festival. Co-creators of this production, ADRIENNE MACKEY and BRADLEY K. WRENN, come in to discuss why theyâ€™ve committed so much time to this historical figure. And University of Pennsylvania history professor WALTER LICHT joins them to explain the historical context of the early American labor movement.