Today: On The Life of John Henry

Posted: October 14, 2009 in Braak
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VIP asked last week for me to say some things about my new play, The Life of John Henry.  At the time, I did not respond!  She probably thought I was mad or inconsiderate.  In fact, I was waiting for this post, on the Iron Age workblog site, to drop:

On John Henry:

When I was a kid in elementary school, we had to do a lesson on American tall tales: Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, John Henry. When I was eleven, I think I liked Pecos Bill the best, because he rode around on a tornado. As I got older, I started to lean towards an admiration for John Henry. First as an example of the power of the human spirit–of what a person was truly capable of when they pushed themselves to the utter limit–but secondly because the story is the most intellectually complex of our American folktales.

  1. Moff says:

    That’s a really great take on the legend. Would it be a problem for you and the rest of the Iron Age troupe to come put on the show in Madison?

  2. braak says:

    No, I don’t think so. I hear Madison has a pretty thriving cultural scene.

    On a more serious note: IS there a thriving theater scene in Madison? Like, are there theaters out there who might be interested in a play like this.

  3. Moff says:

    Yes! There is a total thriving theater scene here. I mean, I’ve been here, what, seven months? And I’ve reviewed or reported on shows by at least six different troupes, I think.

    I don’t know what the protocol is for approaching theater groups with plays, but I assume you kind of do. Email me and I’ll see if I can be of use.

  4. V.I.P. Referee says:

    Man, this needs to find its way to NYC. Seriously; NYC worker bees, laboring in close vicinity to their master users, need to see this.

    (…and I just figured the explanation required something more than a couple of lines in a comment box…)

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