From Theatermania: Before the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration and the Federal Theatre Project, there was Can You Hear Their Voices? (A Play of Our Time) written by Hallie Flanagan and Margaret Ellen Clifford. The play, based on the true story of a 1931 Arkansas drought, revealed a rural world of hunger and privation that was horribly neglected by government bureaucracy. With today’s frequent and casual use of labels like “Communist” and “Socialist,” Peculiar Works Project mines this landmark agitprop play to uncover how such words were interpreted in an earlier–yet remarkably similar–era. The news media constantly reminds us how our current economic situation is the worst “since the Great Depression;” Voices shines a spotlight on the root causes for radical political movements then and now.