“Rust” Debut at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater Gets Attention in New York Times

The production of “Rust” by Grand Rapids’ Actor’s Theatre is attracting national attention from this feature in the New York Times:

End of the Line
By AUSTIN BUNN | New York Times | Published: January 6, 2012

In 2008, General Motors announced the closing of its metal-stamping plant in Wyoming, Mich., and 1,500 workers lost their jobs. Austin Bunn, a playwright and professor, chronicled the experience and what came after in a nonfiction play. Bunn, in collaboration with the Working Group Theater, spent two years trying to understand exactly what happened to the people and the town that relied on the factory. He recorded hundreds of hours of conversations with dozens of workers, managers, historians, bartenders, city consultants and others. Their words (edited and condensed for dramatic purposes) became the documentary play “Rust,” adapted here. (Some characters have had their names changed; one is a composite.) “Rust” had its premiere in Grand Rapids, Mich., in September. (More)

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