The Cloth from Which We Are Cut
Sunday September 18, 2pm: “The Cloth from Which We Are Cut” featuring A Besere Velt, Yiddish Community Chorus of Boston Workmen’s Circle at the National Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA and is Free to the public.
A Besere Velt (A Better World) commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire with its original production, “The Cloth from Which We Are Cut.”
Performed to capacity crowds in Boston, New York City and Vermont, this stirring account of the fire that changed America weaves together historical narrative with the folk music that was born in the sweatshops.
“The Cloth from Which We Are Cut” is the story of 146 workers, mostly young women and girls, who died in the largest industrial tragedy of the time. It is the history of the poverty and picket lines that defined a Jewish immigrant community struggling to build a better life.
The concert honors the workers who built the Jewish labor movement and is sure to uplift those who are fighting to hold on to hard-won workplace health and safety rights 100 years later.