Former Lumineer Neyla Pekarek plays her new concept album-turned-musical for one day only
Around 100 years ago near Greeley, Colorado, Kate Slaughterback came upon a migration of rattlesnakes while on her horse with her young son. To protect her child and herself, she shot as many snakes as she could with the ammo at hand and decapitated the rest of them with a no-trespassing sign. Practical frontierswoman that she was, she skinned the snakes and made a 1920s flapper dress that made her an icon. Neyla Pekarek (former cellist and vocalist of folk-rock band The Lumineers) has woven Kate’s biography — including six husbands and one decades-long romance through letters — into an enthralling song cycle. Playwright Karen Hartman joins forces with Pekarek to transform this material into a fully-fleshed musical that delivers Western lore through a modern lens. Join us for this one-time-only event during the Festival Weekend of the Colorado New Play Summit featuring a performance accompanied by a live band.
Please Note: this will be a special concert piece and not a full reading.
About the writers
NEYLA PEKAREK began playing cello at age 9 in her native city of Denver, Colorado. She studied Musical Theatre and earned a degree in Music Education at UNC in Greeley, CO. In 2010, she joined the Denver folk-rock group The Lumineers as a cellist and vocalist, and after 8 years, touring and recording with the band, Neyla parted ways to pursue her own musical endeavors. In January 2019, she released her debut album, Rattlesnake, on S-Curve records.
KAREN HARTMAN’s Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department premieres at Yale Repertory Theater in 2019, directed by Kenny Leon. In spring 2018, Hartman’s The Book of Joseph became the highest grossing play in the Everyman Theatre’s history. Joseph and two other recent plays Roz and Ray (Edgerton New Play Prize), and Project Dawn (NEA Grant, NNPN Rolling World Premiere) had ten productions in the 2016-18 seasons.
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