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From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks

“Harry Bridges is one of the most important labor leaders of the 20th century, and Ian Ruskin, in his one-man show, has captured him -- his persona, his ideas -- brilliantly. There were times when I forgot this was someone other than Harry Bridges speaking. It is a valuable piece of working-class history, presented colorfully and intelligently."
Howard Zinn, Historian, Playwright and Social Activist

This multi-media production is a human portrayal of Bridge's passion, struggles and wicked sense of humor. It features Bridges' own words, from his rallying speeches of the 1930s and his electrifying testimony at his trials to the words of his contemporaries. The play is designed for performances in theaters, union halls, community centers, and universities. It had its world premieres at the University of Washington Summer Arts Festival, Seattle and at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

Ian has performed the play over 200 times to approximately 50,000 people in high schools, universities, union conventions, theatres, museums, libraries and citizens’ groups. He has performed across America and in Canada, Hawai’i, England and at the New Theatre in Sydney, Australia. The film version has aired on PBS for the last three years (SeeThe Wharf Rats Film page).

"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

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Some Past Performances

April 16, 2015
LERA Northwest in Seattle, Washington

March 20th, 2015
California Federation of Teachers Conference

February 19th, 2015
Cornell International Relations School in New York

February 17th, 2015
Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 6th, 2014
Scottish Parliament in the UK

April 28th, 2014
Houses of Parliament in the UK

February 15th, 2014
Oregon Strong Voice Conference

September 1st, 2013
ILWU Local 34 (free and open to the public – donations taken at the door) and on September 2nd at ILWU Local 10 as part of their Labor Day Celebrations

June 2016
American Library Association

March 11, 2016
Cal State Long Beach for the CFA and History Department

October 14th, 2015
Palomar College, Los Angeles

June 14th, 2015

May 20th, 2015
East LA college, Los Angeles

September 8th, 2012
AFL-CIO 2013 Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center following the Opening Night Reception
September 25th, 2012
ILWU Canada  in Vancouver, B. C. for the Young Workers Conference

• "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at 12 noon and 7 pm for the ILWU Canada in Vancouver, B. C
• "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at Grand Performances, California Plaza Outdoors, free and open to the public – come early and bring a picnic! 
• "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" on July 22nd for Master Mates and Pilots
• "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" on May 5th at 10:30 am for IBEW
• "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at the AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington DC. To read the full review click here.