In Good People, the David Lindsay-Abaire play now playing at Arena Stage, Margaret, a single mother, loses her job and faces eviction. The story takes place in South Boston, but the reality of the difficulty of finding work in today’s tight economy resonates in communities across the country, including here in the Washington, DC area.
Inspired by the play, the staff of Arena Stage had the idea to use their facilities to help connect people looking for work with as many job opportunities as possible. They contacted Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and, together, they have organized a public job fair titled “Looking for Good People” being held at the Mead Center for American Theater on March 1st.
Councilmember Wells announced: “Nearly 20 local and government businesses will be on hand to offer employment, training and job-skill resources to our residents. This is a wonderful opportunity for our residents and thanks again to Arena Stage!”
“It makes me immensely proud, as both a leader of Arena Stage and a resident of Ward 6, that our theater is partnering with Councilmember Wells and his staff to host local companies looking for talented, deserving people to employ, as well as organizations committed to improving the job attainability for those in our community,” remarks Arena Stage Executive Director Edgar Dobie.
The Arena Stage Job Fair page for “Looking for Good People” reports that the recruiting companies onsite will include Comcast, Entertainment Cruises, CSX Railroad, Department of Employment Services (DOES), DC Water, Giant Foods, Gordon-Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Safeway, US ARMY Baltimore Recruiting Battalion, Wal-Mart and Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA), among others.
Organizations include D.C. Housing Authority Workforce Development Office; Dress for Success; The Graduate School, USA; Living Classrooms; Street Sense; Strive D.C. and the United Planning Office (UPO) will also be offering one-on-one workforce development services to enhance interview skills and strengthen job-seekers’ ability to get hired.
“Looking for Good People” is free and open to the public. Applicants are advised to bring multiple copies of their resume and dress professionally. The event is March 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW, Washington, DC.
The Arena Stage production of Good People, the play that inspired the Job Fair, is playing through March 10, 2013 at Arena Stage. Details and tickets.