UPTON SINCLAIR'S THE JUNGLE
a musical adaptation
Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Nathan Dame and Rob Baumgartner, Jr.
August 2 - 11
A musical adaptation based on Upton Sinclair's notorious novel, The Jungle tells the story of Jurgis and Ona, a young couple who flees their native Lithuania to find their way in America in 1901. Ona is the upper-class, educated daughter of a wealthy magistrate, and Jurgis is the illiterate farmhand who worked her father's land. They fall in love and run away where they can be together, because they heard there is no such thing as "class" in America. Like all immigrants, they dream of a prosperous life but instead encounter the abusive working and living conditions of Chicago's meatpacking industry.