Deering Students to Perform Play Based on the Labor Mural

Updated 2 years ago

The Maine labor mural, whose sudden removal triggered protests and litigation two years ago, is the subject of a new play. On Friday, Deering High School students in Portland plan to present a play based on the mural. The play, titled “Tribute,” goes on stage Friday in the school’s auditorium. Deering drama teacher Kathleen Harris wrote the play, which focuses on characters in Judy Taylor’s mural. “Tribute” has 11 scenes, one for each panel of the mural, covering such topics as Rosie the Riveter and paper mill strike in Jay. Taylor’s mural drew widespread attention after it was ordered removed from the Maine Labor Department in 2011.The courts ruled that Gov. Paul LePage had the right to remove the art. The mural now hangs at the Maine State Museum.


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