College play to focus on working class

The plight of striking taxi drivers is the subject of Franklin College Theatre Department’s latest presentation, which opens April 29 at the Johnson Center For Fine Arts. 

College thespians will present Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty” at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances will be in the Théâtre Margot in the Johnson Center, at Branigin Boulevard and Grizzly Drive.

The plot captures the culture and passion of the working class while telling the story with vibrant language that depicts the energy of urban America, according to a statement from the college.

Director Robert Neal recently performed in James Still’s “I Love to Eat” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Neal was trained at Penn State University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has appeared in more than 30 productions in the past 14 seasons at the IRT. He also performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.

General admission is $12. Admission is $8 for students and seniors. Franklin College students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a valid Franklin College ID.

Tickets may be reserved by email at or by phone at 738-8029 or 800-852-0232, ext. 8029.