The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) presents Woody Sez, a musical tapestry of the American folk hero's life and songs, devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley, performed by David M. Lutken, Darcie Deaville, Helen JeanRussell, and Andy Teirstein, directed by Nick Corley. Performances begin tonight, May 5 and run through Saturday, May 26. The production will open for press viewing on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm.
One of the most influential songwriters and balladeers of the 20th century,Woody Guthrie is a musical hero of legendary proportions who transformed folk music into a vehicle for social protest and captured the adversity and hardship of a generation during the Great Depression. His music and activism paved the way for many great American music makers including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and many more.
Woody Sez brings Guthrie to life in a joyous, toe-tapping, and moving theatrical portrait that uses Woody's words and songs, performed by the company of four actor/singers who play over twenty instruments, transporting the audience through Guthrie's fascinating,beautiful, and sometimes tragic life. With more than twenty-five classic Woody tunes including This Land is Your Land, Pastures of Plenty and Bound for Glory, Woody Sez captures the heart and spirit of Woody Guthrie and the stories of America.
In the spirit of Woody Guthrie and in honor of his centennial celebration, there will be post-show hootenannies led by cast members following Thursday evening performances. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in a free-form musical celebration after the show in the Loeb Drama Center's West Lobby and Patio.