It’s interesting to see little pieces of history all around us, and how things that have seemed standard for years are changing. It also hits home when situations you’ve been discussing in rehearsal as part of a play unfold before you in real life.
For example…I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this but my friends and I have witnessed a trend. I live in a large, mixed urban/suburban city. Near the more condensely populated section there is a Home Depot.
While picking up paint for my father, I noticed what seemed to be a large line of men waiting outside the store. They seemed eager, looking out into the distance at nothing in particular. All of a sudden, a group of men in a pick-up truck pulled up. After a short conversation, some men hopped into the back of the pick-up, eager for wherever they were going.
It played out exactly like a scene in Grapes. I imagine these men were taken to a construction site to do work, at extremely low rates since it was under the radar and not according to modern day standards of business. I saw a Tom and a Pa hop into the back of that truck, willing to do anything to make a few bucks.
Now more than ever I’m convinced what we’re doing is so important because it outlines what’s still going on today. The labor fight isn’t over yet, and the fight to survive is still raging on.