Conversations around a kitchen table are a common experience, but playwright Rick Duthie believes that in Sudbury, something has been missing from the discussion.
Duthie’s new play, One Day Stronger, explores Sudbury’s labour history from the perspective of Laurie, anchored to her kitchen table, who relives her childhood memories from the 1958 Inco strike to her present, at the end of the 1978 Inco strike.
With more than 20,000 people on strike in a city of just 75,000, the post-war Inco strikes were a time of tension, disunity, and emotional exhaustion. Duthie’s play explores these events from the intimate perspective of a family, and a girl at two different points in her life.
A fifth-year PhD candidate in public history at Carleton University, Duthie first learned about the strikes during his undergrad studies in Calgary.
“I was in a history class and they started talking about Sudbury,” he said, “Then I started hearing all these stories about this really rich, contentious past that happened right where I grew up.”
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