Pioneers Go East Collective presents the world premiere of American Mill No. 2, a new music-theatre and documentary work written and directed by Gian Marco Lo Forte, with music by Kamala Sankaram, and choreography by Maura Nguyen Donohue.
American Mill No. 2 is an original docudrama based on existing ballads and protest songs about Ella May Wiggins — a textile mill worker, union organizer, and folk singer who found herself at the forefront of the protest movement during the strike at the Loray mill in Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1929. The show features a cast of actors and musicians, with Kamala Sankaram (composer), Ella May Wiggings, (accordion), Catrin Llyod-Bollard (guitar), Brittane Rowe, and Anthony Nap.