Spamtown, USA is a moving portrait of Austin, Minnesota, during the 1985 Hormel strike. While five kids dream of space camp, tennis teams, and out-of-state college, they find their families and community suddenly divided by picket lines and opposing agendas. This is the story of having the strength to stand up for what you believe in, the challenge that comes in disagreeing with those you love, and the humor that helps keep friendships alive.
Written by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Will Davis
2 hours with one 20-minute intermission
Best enjoyed by
Everyone 9 and up
Due to the age recommendation, lap passes will not be available for this production.
Things to Know
- The playwright traveled to Austin, Minnesota, and interviewed many adults and kids about their real-life experience living through the Hormel strike and the aftermath. Stories from these interviews directly influenced scenes and dialogue in the show.
- This play takes place in the 1980s—references to pop culture, slang, and views of that decade are represented throughout this play.
- This show contains scenes depicting tension between family members, friends, and coworkers, resulting in harsh language, bullying, and some instances of physical violence.
Audience Resource Guide
Articles, conversation starters, and activities for both before and after the show!
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A Message from the Artistic Director
Learn more about Spamtown, USA from Peter C. Brosius, CTC Artistic Director, as he sits down to talk about the show.