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July 11 8:00 pm
“Songs are a high art because singing lifts your mind free of your usual run of thinking and often shows you a world of new thoughts and stories and ideas--and principals and ideals are seen plainer while singing. This is why singing is a part of all of us . . . it puts action and the ways to action clearly before you.” — Woody Guthrie
In the must-see event of the Summer, and celebrating Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is proud to present a concert production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song, the award-winning musical based on the life and music of the iconic American folk singer, written and directed by Peter Glazer. From the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma at the dawn of the Great Depression, the musical follows Guthrie west to a migrant camp in California and east to a Bowery bar on the New York island. The veteran cast seamlessly melds Guthrie’s jokes, tales, & music— classics like “Bound for Glory” and “This Land Is Your Land,” as well as lesser-known treasures like “Jolly Banker” and “Ludlow Massacre”— for a show The New York Times said "manages to find both the high beauty and the earthly humor of Guthrie's love affair with America."
“I am tremendously excited about this production’s focus as an amazing concert experience,” says the director Glazer, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. “We are reuniting the immensely talented cast from the Marin Theatre Company production, along with top-notch musicians, the Freight’s stellar acoustics, and musical director Jeff Waxman’s brilliant, contemporary arrangements of Woody’s gorgeous songs for a truly unique production. It’s deeply moving to experience something so ingrained in our cultural psyche in such a fresh, new way.”
The cast of musician/actors features Lisa Asher, Berwick Haynes, Sam Misner, Matt Mueller, and Megan Smith. The house band includes long-time Freight regulars Chuck Ervin, Robin Flower, Tony Marcus, and Harry Yaglijian, as well as Musical Director Jeff Waxman. A Denver Post review of 20th anniversary production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song at the 2008 Colorado Shakespeare Festival production says, “Sam Misner dons Woody's dusty hat first, singing with a bit of a rasp and a grittiness that resemble Guthrie's own. When Lisa Asher and Megan Pearl Smith join in . . . . it is unerringly a thing of beauty.”
Listen to sample tracks from upcoming artists.