Abigail Washburn's POST-AMERICAN GIRL Comes to Joe's Pub, 3/28-30
Clawhammer banjo player, composer and singer ABIGAIL WASHBURN will debut POST-AMERICAN GIRL at Joe's Pub at The Public March 28 - 30 as part of New York Voices, the popular commission series designed to help musicians make the leap from songwriting and performance to theatrical production. Washburn's new stage piece is about an American girl coming-of-age in a swiftly changing global order. It features folk arts of China and Appalachia in shadow puppetry, sacred harp song, traditional music as well as new compositions. Tickets go on-sale today, February 28 at http://www.joespub.com/.
New York Voices adds to The Public's wide range of contemporary stagings at its downtown home at Astor Place. Washburn is the first of three artists to debut a new work-in-progress at Joe's Pub in 2013 during the NEA-supported program's second season. Downtown cabaret star Bridget Everett and the world-renowned dance company Noche Flamenca will debut work later this year. Previous New York Voices artists include Ethan Lipton whose 2011 New York Voices premiere No Place To Go, an intelligent and hilarious meditation on loss and confusion during the recession, went on to win an Obie Award.
POST-AMERICAN GIRL draws from Washburn's 17-year relationship with China and addresses themes of expanding identity, cultural relativism, pilgrimage, today's shifting world order, the universal appeal of music and opening the heart big enough to fold it all in. "I started going back and forth between China and America in 1996 and have hoped for a chance to dive headlong into a fuller expression of this journey and the lessons learned," said WASHBURN. "My artistry is expanding inexplicably because of New York Voices. Joe's Pub and The Public have created an opportunity to expand my artistic vision by freeing me up to think unabashedly about ways to merge my musical and personal journey with theatrical performance."