From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks
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Booking a Performance

The play can be performed anywhere – from a thousand-seat theater to the pulpit of a church, from a national convention to a local classroom – and has minimal staging needs. It is usually followed by a dialogue between the audience members and Ian Ruskin. The fee structure for 2014 is based on the location, size of audience and your budget. Travel is economy class or usually mileage in California and accomondations can be at a conference center, hotel, or guest room in a private house. Fees for national and international conferences and conventions are by arrangement. For more information about booking a performance:
                                    Unions click here and Colleges click here

The fee includes:

- All props and costume
- Sound and Visual cues on DVD, hard drive, and iPad plus pre-show music on CD
- Coordination of technical requirements
- 3 personalized templates for a program, 8x11 flyer and a 16x22 poster
- Ian Ruskin is happy to do phone interviews for print and radio publicity
- A press release package is available click here

To learn more about bringing the play to your union, conference, college or university, museum, library, community group or theatre you can also contact us at –

More Reactions:

“Thanks for bringing your wonderful, riveting and highly entertaining performance to Harvard Law School for the 65th Anniversary of our Trade Union Program. It was the absolute highlight of our conference….with a sustained standing ovation and the audience staying to talk to you for over an hour. I was particularly impressed by your ability to reach our very diverse audience….from retirees to young college students and even a sprinkling of High School students….you managed to hold everyone’s attention and bring labor history to life”.

Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program & Trade Union Program, Harvard Law School

“Thank you for your powerful performance of 'From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks' at the Organization of American Historians convention. I heard nothing but the highest praise, and your performance was one of the highlights of the convention.”

Pete Daniel, Immediate Past President, Organization of American Historians

"Ian Ruskin's play about Harry Bridges and the West Coast dock workers brings to life the story of one of the most important leaders and one of the most militant unions in American Labor history. While the story primarily covers a period some 50 to 70 years ago, the message applies to the struggles workers face today. I wholeheartedly recommend this play to all trade unionists whether you are a seasoned organizer or just joined your first union.”

Richard Trumka, President, AFL – CIO

“I cannot thank you enough for your brilliant presentation 'From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks' at our annual labor-management conference this year. Our audience was simply riveted, and the enthusiastic standing ovation you received speaks volumes for the power and impact of your performance!”

Janet Walden, President and CEO, Center for Collaborative Solutions

“I had the pleasure to see Ian Ruskin's performance as a graduate student in Labor Studies at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. It is a wonderful theatre experience and an illuminating account of the life and times of one of America's most important union leaders”.

Micah Landau , Graduate student and Labor Journalist, United Federation of Teachers


Prologue About the Play Cast and Crew Book a Performance
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