Everett Massacre

Artscape
8:55 am
Sun February 5, 2012

A mini-opera about the Everett Massacre of 1916

A "Wobbly," or member of the Industrial Workers of the World, circa 1914
Photo by Bain News Service Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

The bloodiest event in Pacific Northwest labor history, the event that left 7 people dead and many more seriously injured, is the subject of a new mini-opera by Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb at Seattle's ACT Theatre.

Called "Smokestack Arias," the work tells the story of the events of Nov. 5, 1916 when two boatloads of Industrial Workers of the World -- "Wobblies" -- arrived from Seattle to Everett.

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