The Cradle Will Rock kicks off Annie Russell’s 85th season

Discover how the controversial themes of this politically charged 1937 production are as present now as they were then.

Political corruption. Corporate greed. A revolution that moved from the factory floor to Broadway. The Cradle Will Rock musical was written in 1937 and follows the efforts of Larry Foreman to unionize his factory. He’s thwarted at every turn by the powerful Mr. Mister.

Cradle was originally produced by the Federal Theatre Project and directed by Orson Welles. Three days before its opening night, the radical show was shut down and the theatre was locked. On opening night, the determined creative team walked the audience 21 blocks to a new theatre, and the show was performed with the composer playing piano alone on stage and the cast members singing their parts from the audience. Our performances will be held in the Annie, and our actors will be (mostly) on stage, but that revolutionary spirit lives on!

Our opening-night performance on Friday, September 29, is followed by a reception in the Bush Science Center Atrium with butlered champagne, light hors d’oeuvres, and live music performed by students from the Department of Music.



The Cradle Will Rock Dates and Times
Friday, September 29, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 1, at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4, at 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 5, at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 6, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and Rollins alumni. To purchase tickets, call 407-646-2145 or visit the theatre’s online box office.