A celebration of the spirit of American folk legend Woody Guthrie that weaves together Guthrie's songs with excerpts from articles he wrote for the leftist newspaper The People's World.
From the producers: "Woody Sez" is a joyous, toe-tapping, musical portrait, rich with the words and songs of America’s great troubadour, which transports the audience through the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life of Woody Guthrie. With songs like “This Land is Your Land” and "So Long It’s Been Good To Know Yuh" a talented group of four actor/musicians bring to life the many people who formed the fabric of his story. His songs may have told the stories of the disenfranchised in the Dust Bowl, but his recurrent themes speak of famine, workers’ rights and emigrant strife. His legacy defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression that is alive and palpable today.
Woody Guthrie is regarded as one of the most significant figures in early American folk music; his songs, including social justice songs, such as "This Land Is Your Land", have inspired several generations both politically and musically. He wrote hundreds of political, folk, and children's songs, along with ballads and improvised works, sometimes with a Communist leaning. His album of songs about the Dust Bowl period, "Dust Bowl Ballads," is included on Mojo magazine's 100 Records That Changed The World. Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. Songwriters around the world have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.
"Woody Sez" lands Off Broadway following a successful run at Seattle Repertory Theatre earlier this year. The cast includes Megan Loomis, David M. Lutken, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein.
What is the Irish Rep? Occasionally, a group of artists finds a large room somewhere in the city, and settles down there for a decade or so to stage the plays that they like, in the manner that they enjoy making them. That's the case here. Though it's one of the smaller shops among the long-running Off-Broadway companies, these folks have been staging Irish drama in these rooms for 25 years, and the enjoyment can be infectious. More here.