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Tale of jobs lost and found blows into IU Northwest

An Obie-award winning off-broadway comedy heads to Indiana University Northwest on Thursday, Sept. 9. Join us in the Savannah Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. for a performance of "Blown Sideways Through Life," written by Claudia Shear.

Performed by Julie Dixon, the one-woman comedy chronicles with wit and compassion the 64 jobs Shear worked before finding her dream career in the theater. This performance is free and open to the public. It is supported by the university’s Diversity Programming Group, which is a part of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning, and Division of Labor Studies.

"So many workers in the Calumet Region have been forced into part-time and temporary jobs, as full-time, good-paying jobs have disappeared. But there is nothing depressing about ‘Blown Sideways!’ Humor and humanity give perspective and strength to those affected by the decline in decent jobs," says Ruth Needleman, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of Labor Studies at IU Northwest.

"I encourage job-holders and job-seekers to join in a celebration of work," she said.

Julie Dixon is the head of acting at Indiana State University and an assistant professor of theatre. A member of Actor's Equity Association, she has performed with regional theaters on both the East and West coast, including the California Repertory Company and the Hampshire Shakespeare Company. She also acts with ISU’s SummerStage, which is where she originated her performance of "Blown Sideways through Life."

Dixon is fond of telling people how this show changed her life. Seeing it for the first time she recalls, "It seemed like she was doing the show just so that I could hear it, every story resonating with deep impact in my bones."

For more information, please contact the Division of Labor Studies at (219) 980-6825.



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