Start Labor Day weekend with Sally Field as “Norma Rae” on Friday August 31 at The Varsity.
The film centers on Norma Rae Wilson, a single mother working in a dirty, unhealthy North Carolina cotton mill. Reuben Warshowsky is a New York union organizer camped outside the plant trying to organize the mill. Rueben convinces Norma Rae to get involved in the organizing drive; when her father drops dead at the mill, she is more determined to organize.
Management retaliates against the workers, first by rearranging shifts so that workers are doing more work at less pay, and then by posting fliers with racial invective in the hope of dividing white against black and diluting the momentum. When Norma Rae attempts to document the racist flier, management fires her and calls the police to remove her from the plant. Norma Rae takes a piece of cardboard, writes the word “UNION” on it, stands on her work table, and slowly turns to show the sign around the room. One by one, the mill workers stop their machines and the entire room becomes silent.
Based on a true story, “Norma Rae” still inspires today.
The Varsity will show “Norma Rae” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students, and are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.org. Tickets also will be available at the venue on the night of the show when doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn.
“Norma Rae” is rated PG. Watch the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45CX8W9peTs
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Keep up with upcoming events at www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.