November 5, 2022 - November 5, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Monthly Cultural Programs

On Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at 3PM, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark cordially invites the general public to the one-man play From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks:  The Life and Times of Harry Bridges, written and performed by Ian Ruskin.  There is a suggested donation of $10 per person for this pre-dinner theatre performance.

In 1920, Harry Bridges, an Australian seaman arrived in San Francisco and over the next 60 years he had a profound effect on the American Labor Movement.  He helped crete the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, with strong democratic principles, groundbreaking benefits for its members, and a belief in social and political action on behalf of workers.  He fought against all forms of prejudice and discrimination.  He endured 21 years of trials and hearings, accused of being a communist.  When the government ceased these actions in 1955, Bridges became an American citizen.

Actor Ian Ruskin finished drama school and went to work in English repertory theatre, and film, theatre and television in London.  In Los Angeles, his interest in social justice led him to found The Harry Bridges Project in 2000.  For the Project, he produced two radio documentaries and wrote this one-man play.  Learn more about Ian Ruskin's work at

For more information about this performance, please call the Museum at (973-595-7953 or email