An exuberant musical celebration of America, Woody Guthrie’s American Song tells the life of the rambling folk singer through his words and music. From the dust storms of Texas to the promised land of California to the streets of New York City, Guthrie spins the tale of the land that ‘was made for you and me’. The play has the foot-stompin’, roof-raisin’, toe-tappin’ heart-breakin’, soul-soarin’ musical journey of Woody Guthrie down highways, rail lines and back roads straight into the heart of America.
Woody lands in the Black Box Theatre at the West Sacramento Community Center on Mar. 10 and will run through Mar. 20. Tickets now on sale!
COVID protocols are changing around the state. Currently, proof of vaccination and valid ID are required to attend, and masks are currently required within city buildings in West Sacramento. We will keep this updated if and when things change.
But now we’re branching out!
We here at Splinter Group Theatre started as a splinter off of City Theatre so we could bring more panto to Sacramento. And we have done that… that is why, in 2022, we are going to bring another favorite to Black Box Stage in West Sacramento – “Woody Guthrie’s American Song.”
Woody Guthrie’s American Song is an ensemble musical theater piece adapted from the songs and writings of “America’s premiere folk poet.” The show uses Guthrie’s storytelling to create narrative contexts for his music: the song “Bound For Glory” is sung in a crowded freight car heading west in the 1930s, a scene vividly described in Guthrie’s autobiography. (To read this scene, see “Script Sample” under “rights” tab.) Another scene from his book, which takes place in a camp for migrant workers in Redding, California in 1938, becomes the setting for an evening of shared songs and stories. Throughout the play, the importance of music in helping people find meaning in their lives is always at the fore. (The Play — Woody Guthrie’s American Song (woodyguthriesamericansong.com)
Woody comes to this stage on March 10 for 8 performances. Tickets are now available. COVID protocols are changing around the state. Currently, proof of vaccination and valid ID are required to attend, and masks are currently required within city buildings in West Sacramento.