Saturday, March 25, 1911 was just like every other 14-hour shift at the Triangle Waist Company factory in downtown Manhattan. Shirtwaists – womens blouses – were being made by the 500 immigrant workers when a cigarette was tossed into a bin containing fabric. A fire swept through the upper floors of the building. The fire was controlled quickly, however 146 died. Sterling High School is presenting “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” Saturday and Sunday. The play recreates a dramatic account of the fire, the social upheaval after the fire, and the manslaughter trial of the factory owners. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for students and are available at centennial auditorium.com or box office, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
– Photos by Michael Krabbenhoeftfirstname.lastname@example.org