EASY BASKETS

November 20, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Readings from Peter Donohue’s WWII screenplay

Easy Baskets’ writer-director Peter Donohue grew up in Irish-American working class communities of New England. As locomotive engineer and union organizer, he was inspired to write Easy Baskets, a story of wartime class, racial and ethnic tensions around a union-sponsored Chicago pro basketball team playing black and white players together for the first time.

Melding first-hand experience with research on 1943 Chicago’s sporting, political, cultural, sexual and work life, Donohue situates Easy Baskets’ characters in a Chicago hopeful yet fearful for its fast-approaching future.