It's 1919. Brisbane, Seattle, Barcelona. Workers demand their share of the post-war pie but big business and big government say "no" to crippling general strikes. But in Winnipeg, an entire city shuts down for six weeks and becomes the nation's battleground for the democratic dream.Mike Sokolowski and his godson Stefan have escaped Europe only to become "enemy aliens" in Canada. But where Stefan finds social justice in the strike, Mike sees a threat to his slave-wage job—his only hope of saving his family from revolution in Ukraine. When Stefan falls in love with Rebecca, a pro-strike Jewish suffragette, making a deportation target of them all, Mike turns against the strikers and their growing hope of changing the world.
Dubbed â??Canadaâ??s Andrew Lloyd Webber,â?? Danny Schur is one of Winnipegâ??s most successful composers/producers of original musicals. Having made his name as a Juno Award-winning composer/producer (Chantal Kreviazuk, Doc Walker) Danny turned his sights on his true passion: original musical theatre. His musical The Bridge was Winnipegâ??s first full-scale original musical and Strike! earned Danny & co-writer Rick Chafe the 2006 Kobzarâ?¢ Literary Award and the 2007 Grant MacEwan College Kostash Award. The pair have written the screenplay adaptation of Strike! and a feature film is in pre-production.
Rick Chafe’s plays have been seen across Canada and include Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, Shakespeare’s Dog (adapted from Leon Rooke’s Governor General’s Literary Award–winning novel), The Odyssey, and the Governor General’s Literary Award finalist The Secret Mask. Rick's first movie, Strike! adapted with co-writer Danny Schur from their stage musical, will premiere in 2019. Rick lives in Winnipeg with his wife and daughter.
"Strike! The Musical has such a vast array of content and an uplifting theme, it makes haters of both Canadian history and musicals see the error of their ways." —The University of Saskatchewan Sheaf
"An improbably compelling piece of musical theatre" —The Globe and Mail
"[Strike!] gives you everything you want: a love story, a suspenseful plot, a collection of good songs and a history lesson that teaches you something about yourself." —The Saskatoon Phoenix
"Strike! Has Important Message For Humanity" —The Winnipeg Free Press
"Rivetting… spellbinding" —The Jewish Post & News
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