When actress Annabelle Gurwitch was fired from a play by Woody Allen she wondered how she would cope with being fired by a cultural icon. Turning to friends in show business she was assured she was not alone. Once the subject had been broached, everyone she knew from her rabbi and gynecologists to her colleagues had advice and their own accounts of getting the boot to offer. This set her off on a journey to answer the question: was being fired going to be the best thing or worst thing that had happened in her working life.
As she was writing the book she became interested in the downsizings occurring all over the country. She began researching and traveling the country, interviewing people as diverse as Tim Allen, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Garlin, Anne Meara, David Cross and GM workers in Lansing, Michigan whose perspectives ranged from the tragically comedic to proving that old adage when one door closes another door opens, to the just plain tragic. Annabelle attended job fairs, received "outplacement services", interviewed human resource directors, downsizers, and the downsized who were seeking new jobs.
Her journey took her to the office of Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary under President Clinton, and to economist Ben Stein who spoke to her of the growing insecurity the American worker faces today and the incredible inequities being created through corporate and goverment policies affecting every working or as the case may be, not working American.
Annabelle's Fired project includes a live Fired! show playing both off- Broadway, venues like The Aspen Comedy Festival and toured major arts centers around the country. NPR aired two broadcasts of The LA Theatre works audio book recordings of: Fired I and Fired II, more great stories, in The Play's The Thing Series, available at audible.com.
Fired made it's premiere at The South by South West Film Festival and played The Aspen Comedy Festival, Provincetown Film festival, San Francisco Documentary Festival, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Palm Beach Jewish Festival, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Washington DC Jewish Literary Festival, TMN in Canada, Yes Network in Isreal, and has even been translated into Chinese and played in Taiwan. Her film has played at colleges and continues to play in Labor Film festivals around the country