Developed with the director, Bill Castellino
A bunch of kids in a dying town in heartland America (near Steubenville, Oh) hang out in around the closed ruins of the town’s once viable steel mill. Joining the military or a life of crime are the most effective means to get ahead. But dreams and love die hard even among those living off the fumes of the American myth for success. Hartland rock and pop mixed with R&B.
- Ooh la la
- Victim of the Rebound
- He’s So Tough
- It Came From Outerspace
- Wall of Seven Stones
About the Production
The larger consequences from the sharp decline of the American steel industry, in the late 1970s and the 1980s, says as much about our country today as it does about the past. Maybe even more about our country today: What went wrong? How did we get here? And how do we proceed?
In towns where multi-ethnic generations of families lived large (and unrealistically) off their mills, the effects of their mill’s abrupt demise was catastrophic. Mass unemployment and hardship, family tensions and deterioration of community institutions resulted. The subsequent decay and helplessness of local businesses along with the inevitable rise in crime and social problems were additional predictable consequences. Click here to continue reading about the production.