March 21 @ 8:00 PM| $28 Get Tickets
PERFORMING ARTS LIVE
Music and Lyrics by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby
Book by Martha Redbone, Roberta Uno and Aaron Whitby
Directed by Roberta Uno
Bone Hill was commissioned by Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater as part of their New York Voices program; and co-commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Miami Light Project, and Pa’I Foundation.
Revered blues and soul singer Martha Redbone performs a concert version of Bone Hill, a new musical theatre work inspired by the artist’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. Featuring a cast of eight actors/musicians, the story follows Redbone’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain—and the coal mines of Harlan County, Kentucky—where her family has dwelled for centuries.
Spanning the lives of four generations of women in a Cherokee family, Redbone travels back in time to her own childhood, and into the memories and tales of her ancestors, to tell the story of one family’s connection to the land—the simplicity and sacredness of that connection and the ruptures that threatened to extinguish it. Written and performed by the multi-award-winning Redbone, the performance powerfully blends the folk and country sounds of the Appalachian Mountains with the gospel music traditions of Redbone’s African American father and the Cherokee/Choctaw spirit of the artist’s mother. Along the way, this dramatic musical reveals a thought-provoking uniquely American story, and one that has yet to be told by history.
This project is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Concessions will be available for cash purchase beginning one hour prior to this performance.
CHEROKEE & CHOCTAW MUSIC WORKSHOP
Join Martha Redbone for an interactive Cherokee and Choctaw music workshop. Stay tuned for more information.