created by david m. lutken is a theatrical presentation that focuses on Woody Guthrie and American cultural history of the 1920s through the 1940s, from the state of Oklahoma, where Woody spent his boyhood, through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, F.D.R.'s new Deal and WPA, to World War II. The show follows Woody from California to New York and beyond, capturing the personal narrative of a man who spoke for many who had no public voice. Fifty minutes in length, the presentation was created for school students, but may be adapted to suit any group, from kindergarteners to seniors. Support materials are available.
The show presents Woody's music, poetry and prose and is designed for four actors. One man represents Woody Guthrie. A second man portrays Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston and others. One woman plays Lefty Lou (Maxine Crissman). Another plays Woody’s mother Nora, Mary Jennings, Marjorie Guthrie and others. These are not meant to be characterizations or impersonations. At least one of the performers must be a proficient guitarist. Other appropriate instruments include: fiddle, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, dobro, harmonica and upright bass. The show requires no special lights, microphones or props. Photographic images from the period are displayed on small flats.