The Joe Hill Revival
Composer Dan Furman revives his musical timelier today than ever!
The Joe Hill Revival – special fundraising event Wednesday: September 6 @ 7:00 pm at Green Room 42, 570 10th Avenue (Floor 1, YOTEL) New York City with 100% of the proceeds going to Brooklyn Taven Theatre, a fiscally sponsored non-profit arts organization.
The Joe Hill Revival – the full production The story of Industrial Workers of the World union songwriter, Joe Hill. A musical about his time – and ours. Saturday: September 30 @7pm, followed by Saturday matinees @ 2:00 pm on October 7, 14, 21 and 28. One of the prokeer showing at the new Brooklyn Art Haus, 24 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, NY with a special encore performance at Edie Jo’s Club, 630 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Website: https://www.joehillrevival.com/ Live Tickets start at $25 with streaming tickets starting at $20 PHOTOS: https://www.joehillrevival.com/pics-from-our-journey.html
Acclaimed composer Dan Furman revives his controversial musical of the life of labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill.
Book and original music and lyrics by Furman, (with additional lyrics by Joe Hill and others) this full-length rousing musical is directed and choreographed by Jerome Harmann-Hardeman with Lauren Linsey as Assistant Director with a cast including Caitlin Caruso Dobbs, Nicola Barrett, Molly Bremer, Laura Bright, Joe Castinado, Drew Hill and Ace McCarthy.
Joe Hill, a trade union activist and songwriter, was executed by the state of Utah in 1915.
Hill often rewrote the words of church hymns and popular tunes of his time, converting them into songs of protest and activism. Extending that approach, "The Joe Hill Revival" show revives Hill's life and lyrics using the musical language of our time. The audience is given a chance to sing along with Hill's songs and to connect with what inspired movements like the Industrial Workers of the World. In several cases, the original music to Hill's lyrics has been lost and writer and composer Dan Furman has provided new settings. Joe Hill lost his life but not his fight. This musical shows how one man can make a difference and finding joy in living, fighting (and sometimes even dying) for what you believe in.
Green Room 42 is in the heart of the New York theatre district while Brooklyn Art Haus is located minutes from the Lorimer stop on the L train. EdieJo's is on Flatbush Ave near Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The theater makes drinks and snacks available during the performance and an extended menu is available in the adjacent cafe/bar.
“This is not just a political or historical,” exclaims Furman whose litany of original musicals have enjoyed prosperous runs off-Broadway as well as his home borough of Brooklyn, “it’s also a love triangle!” The story is told through original songs peppered with actual lyrics of Joe Hill himself – some not found until after his death.
Hill was originally arrested because he was shot the same night as a grocer in Salt Lake City. Reports were that one of the assailants had been shot in their escape--and so authorities were searching for someone with a bullet wound. Although Hill claimed he was shot by "a friend" in a dispute over a woman, up to his dying day, he refused to speak any further and never took the stand in his defense. Amid lurid stories in the press of radical IWW mobs threatening society, Hill was railroaded to his execution in November of 1915, even though a motive was never established, and all the evidence was at best circumstantial. Although Hill’s “friend,” Hilda Erickson was never publicly linked to the case, she visited Hill in prison every Sunday from his violent capture (shot by police while he lay in bed) to his final week in November of 1915.
Central to the historical part of the story is the bold activism of the IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World, of which Joe Hill was a member. The IWW was formed in the early years of the 20th century and their radical approach to unionism was welcomed by many workers. They did not recognize all the divisions within industries and attempted to organize all workers into "One Big Union." They rejected the exclusion of African Americans and Asians and other nationalities from labor unions and sought to organize women workers as equals. They refused to sign contracts with employers, preferring verbal agreements that preserved their right to strike, and allowed unemployed workers to join the union as well. This was especially important in the American West of the early 1900s, where Eastern corporations operated huge labor-intensive mining and logging industries with no obligations to the health, safety or quality of life of their workforce.
The Joe Hill "Revival" brings these struggles back to life.
Venue: Brooklyn Art Haus
24 Marcy Ave
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