Already closed | 1h 30m | Brooklyn

King of the Hobos

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Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

About the show

Presented by St. Paul's Theater, this one-man folk-rock musical tells the true story of James Eads How, the son of rich man, who chose the life of a hobo to fight for the homeless. More…

July 27th, 1930. On this night, a charismatic hobo named Gilly tricks a passel of strangers into attending an impromptu funeral for a prominent activist and hobo icon, James Eads How (1874-1930). A real-life heir to a wealthy St. Louis family, How lived as a hobo to bring awareness and help to homeless migrant workers, inspiring a legacy of advocacy as the founder of hobo colleges, unions, news and other groups. Performed by actor/singer/songwriter Jara Jones on a homemade cigar-box guitar in an immersive setting, King of the Hobos examines hobo culture as well as Depression-era hardships and social ideals that still resonate throughout our nation today.

1h 30m | Already closed | St. Paul's Theatre (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (1)


Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing
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Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like musicals, folk-rock, solid performance. Stories based on the American experience.

Don't see it if You want something light and forgettable.

November 16th, 2015
"Jones also integrates the audience into his performance, talking to various people as though they are actual fellow funeral goers, making it an immersive experience...As an experience, 'King of the Hobos' is a unique one in that I can’t say I’ll ever attend a funeral for a hobo. But if you’re a ...
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October 12th, 2014
for a previous production "Jones’ chief storytelling tool is his songwriting skills, which feel organically deep and brilliantly impressionistic…The show bends naturally toward murky storytelling may often find yourself wondering just where this road’s leading him, and you. But Gilly lives by rules that do...
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