Although “Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line” chronicles a decade of service in an auto plant, its creator, Tim Campos, thinks folks with a myriad of vocational experiences should be able to relate to his tales.
“Whether you’re working in a factory or in an office for a big corporation or just starting a new job, there’s a lot of humor in dealing with work situations,” he said. “We can laugh at ourselves as we learn new jobs and deal with new obstacles that present themselves.”
The show runs for one night only and makes its Indiana debut Saturday at Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey. Campos, who resides in south suburban Lansing and was raised in Detroit, tried his hand at acting in Los Angeles.
Campos spent nearly a decade employed by Ford, building dashboards for at plants in Chicago and in Saline, Michigan. Campos left Ford in February of 2007.
Chronicling the highs and lows over the course of his motor plant career from his first day on the job to the last, Campos tells his tale and also takes on approximately 50 characters in “Time.”
“I’m giving every aspect (of the experience),” Campos said. “Whether it’s the guys on the line, security, superintendents, supervisors, retired guys coming back to the plant, the more characters I play, it gives a better understanding of what factory life was like from my perspective and from a general perspective.”
“Time” made its formal debut in Ann Arbor last October. It then ran at Chicago’s McKaw Theater in December. Campos has received thumbs up from both audience members as well as former Ford colleagues.
“Line workers that have seen it came up to me and said ‘Yep, you nailed it,’” Campos said. “For people who work in a factory, they’ve said ‘Oh, so that’s what it’s like working on an assembly line and for one of the largest companies in America.’”
Campos plans to bring “Time” back to Michigan, this time to Detroit, later this year. The play has also been selected to be performed by Campos at the United Solo Festival in New York City in October.
Due to adult language, “Time” is not recommended for young or sensitive audiences.