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PACIFIC CONTACT 2018 APPLICATION

MARK HELLMAN
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PETE SEEGER’S THE INCOMPLEAT FOLKSINGER
(last seen @ Pacific Contact: 5min. pitch/play, 2015*)

Pete Seeger was a folk singer, social activist, and a key figure in the mid-20th century global folk music revival. He sang in defence of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited; and always to enliven and encourage, to delight, and to tell tales. Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger (adapted by Ross Desprez and Mark Hellman from the book of the same name, pub. 1972), shares, in Seeger’s own words and the music of many, his inspirations, his conflicts with bosses, government committees(HUAC) and the mass media, his favourite songs, stories, and instruments, and the kind of learning that comes from listening carefully.

This unique full-length solo performance combines theatre, story telling, music, and audience participation in the form of a huge singalong (for which Seeger was perhaps most famous), taking the audience on a journey spanning 35 years and featuring all or part of 29 songs. Seeger reflects on his involvement in the formative events of the 20th Century, while introducing some of his greatest inspirations, including Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays, Leadbelly, Martin Luther King, and the love of his life, Toshi Ohta.  Invited to sing along at every turn, the audience is completely engaged and embedded in the performance, whether as a small group of striking oil workers in Oklahoma City, a bunch of soldiers jamming in a latrine in Alabama, a thousand people packed into a hotel ballroom in Israel days before the Six Day War, or among the half a million people gathered on the mall in Washington DC to protest the Vietnam War. By the finale of “If I Had a Hammer” audience and performer merge into a mass choir, embodying the principle that Seeger lived through his life and art: “Participation. That’s what’s gonna save the human race.”

* Originally produced by the Other Guys Theatre Co. (Ladysmith, BC) in 2015, PETE SEEGER’S THE INCOMPLEAT FOLKSINGER is now produced independently by Mark Hellman of Victoria, BC.

Original production team:
Director – Ross Desprez
Musical Director – Tobin Stokes
Lighting Design – Rebekah Johnson
Dramaturgy – Sandy Cumberland
Production Stage Manager – Valerie Houle

PETE SEEGER’S THE INCOMPLEAT FOLKSINGER
Song List
(all songs are licensed through SOCAN, with appropriate royalties paid
to the artists or their estates.)

ACT 1
Drunken Sailor (Trad., chorus)
Cripple Creek (Trad, instrumental)
Old Joe Clark (Trad)
Clap Your Hands (P. Seeger)
Solidarity Forever (R. Chaplin)
Union Maid (W. Guthrie)
Wabash Cannonball (W. Kindt, A.P. Carter)
Which Side Are You On? (F. Reese)
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (H. Leadbetter, L. Hays, P. Seeger)
Cumberland Bear Chase/John Henry (Trad., instrumental medley)
Round and Round Hitler’s Grave (L. Hays, W. Guthrie, M. Lampell, P. Seeger)
We Shall Overcome (Trad, ad. by Z. Horton, G. Carawan)
Goodnight Irene (H. Leadbetter)
You Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley (trad., additional verses by W. Guthrie)
Wasn’t That A Time? (P. Seeger)

ACT 2
Darling Corey (Trad)
Turn, Turn, Turn (P. Seeger)
Living in the Country (P. Seeger, instrumental)
All Mixed Up (P. Seeger)
I Ain’t Scared Of Your Jail (L. Cobb)
Oh Freedom (Trad)
Waist Deep In The Big Muddy (P. Seeger)
Guantanamera (J. Marti, J. Fernandez Diaz)
Walking Down Death Row (P. Seeger)
Hold The Line (L. Hays, P. Seeger)
Sailing Up, Sailing Down (L. Wyatt, J. Reed)
Quite Early Morning (P. Seeger)
If I Had A Hammer (L. Hays, P. Seeger)

ENCORE
This Land is Your Land (W. Guthrie, add. verses by P. Seeger)

 

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