San Diego REPertory Theatre

| December 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents the world premiere of a workshop production of “A Hammer, a Bell and a Song to Sing: the Music of Pete Seeger.” The brand new musical, which will be performed on the Lyceum Stage, at 79 Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, is written and directed by Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REPertory Theatre. Previews begin Jan. 7, 2012. Opening night is Fri., Jan. 13 and the production runs through Jan. 29, 2012.

From the 1950s to today, Seeger’s unforgettable music has been a part of a lifelong quest for reverence, understanding and hope. And, as we enter the sure-to-be-contentious political season of 2012, who better to listen to than one of the founding fathers of American protest music? Seeger’s legendary songs paint an inviting portrait of a more inclusive America and call out his vision for a freer world.

Seeger’s first big hit was in the 1950s with The Weavers singing “Irene Goodnight.” He also stood up heroically against the House Un-American Activities Committee and was blacklisted for not naming names. He gained worldwide fame in the 1960s as his music became a soulful call for change and justice.

Seeger once said, “If this world survives, I believe that modern industrialized people will learn to sing again.” This production is a chance to hear a trio of first class musicians sing and play some of Seeger’s best loved songs: “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Little Boxes,” “Guantanamera,” and “If I Had a Hammer.” But Seeger didn’t just sing about freedom, justice and love for his fellow men; he marched alongside Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Bob Dylan and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, Seeger is more than 90 years old and still stands up and invites his fellow Americans to sing together in and for harmony. San Diego REP’s fully-staged workshop production will celebrate his unforgettable music and his lifelong quest for reverence, understanding, and hope.

Four hours of free parking at Horton Plaza is available for patrons who validate at the Lyceum Theatre. For more information, please visit www.sdrep.org.

The Old Globe

“The Recommendation,” directed by Jonathan Munby, will run Jan. 21 – Feb. 26, 2012 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run Jan. 21 – Jan. 25.  Opening night is Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8:00 p.m.

“The Recommendation” is a bold and candid look at modern friendship from an exciting new theatrical voice.  Aaron is smart, charming and over-privileged.  Iskinder, his new college roommate, comes from a middle-class immigrant family and is under-connected.  Soon the best of friends, Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune.  But the safe haven of college only lasts so long.  After a chance encounter with an accused felon sets off a chain of events that puts Aaron’s life at risk, the two men are forced to rethink the meaning of friendship.

 The cast of The Recommendation features Jimonn Cole (Dwight Barnes), Brandon Gill (Iskinder Iudoku) and Evan Todd (Aaron Feldman).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

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