Part of the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays, Steel Hammer is directed by Anne Bogart; with music and lyrics by Julia Wolfe; original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux and Regina Taylor; recorded music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval; performed and created by SITI Company. It will be presented in the Victor Jory Theatre.
The legend of John Henry, deeply rooted in Appalachian folklore surrounding the construction of the American railroad, has existed in many variations and forms—from illustration to tall tale, political polemic to popular song. With music from Bang on a Can’s Julia Wolfe, and incorporating text from four remarkable playwrights, Anne Bogart and SITI Company explore the human impulse to tell stories through the rich tales surrounding this American folk hero.
The original musical score of Steel Hammer was commissioned by Bang on a Can with generous support from Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Carnegie Hall.