Workers demand a raise in the 'Pajama Game'

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter



Music and mischief combine in The Pajama Game next Friday.

Centerstage's next performance will play through June 3.

"This will be the first golden age play, written in the '40s to '50s, to show at Centerstage in over a decade," said Trista Duval, artistic director.

In this musical, workers at a pajama factory are fighting for a seven and a half cent raise.

"The two main characters in love are on opposite sides of the workplace debate. They don't hate each other and then grow into love-they're attracted to each other right away," said Duval.

The play was written as an adaptation of the novel Seven and a Half Cents by Richard Bissell.

"One of the main things we are trying to do is get people swept up in the joy of musicals. We are embracing everything magical and fun about them," said Duval.

The book that this play was written from was published in 1953.

"What we're doing centers on the two main characters struggling with the concept of do you have to sacrifice everything or can you have it all?" she said.

This play contains one main plot line and several through lines, she said.

"We address the question 'does being on opposite sides of an issue make two people incompatible?' a lot," said Duval.

The music and lyrics for this play were written by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler.

People can expect "to have fun. It's very colorful and there is lots of dancing," said Duval.

"When our grandparents would go see this play they wouldn't think twice about some of the things that were said because it was normal," said Duval.

"The challenge is can we keep the accurate feeling of this is the '50s, but these are real people and they are not horrifying?" said Duval.

This is their biggest show besides the pantomime, she said.

"People have been calling about tickets since March," said Duval.

From May 18 to June 3 showtimes will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Matinees will be on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The address for Centerstage Theater is 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way.

Tickets are $29 for adults, $25 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and military, $15 for youth (ages 18-25), and $12 for kids (17 and younger).

For tickets and more information visit www.centerstagetheatre.com/.

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