The Wooster Group presents this piece based on performer Eric Berryman’s interest in the LP, 'Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,' recorded in 1964 by folklorist Bruce Jackson. More…
The LP features work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and toasts performed by a group of inmates in Texas’ then-segregated agricultural prison farms. Mr. Berryman plays the album and transmits the material live, by channeling, via an in-ear receiver, the voices of the men on the record.
See it if u want to be moved and shook by the tragedy and resonance of the core material (prison recordings). Sad, maddening, painful, still relevant
Don't see it if u expect theater performance that should build on the core material. It was like karaoke, with minimal A/V embellishments. Dropped the ball.
See it if You can sit for 1 hour to watch a great actor sing songs from prisioners in 1964 and fall asleep due to the excess of boredom.
Don't see it if You are looking for to watch a play with a plot.
See it if you want to hear someone do karaoke and show you pictures of his apartment.
Don't see it if you were expecting to hear any stories of the actual prisoners or their lives. These are really just songs with only minor explanation.
See it if you like to see amazing character work. Eric Berryman really embodies the people on the album.
Don't see it if you want more anecdotes along with the presentation.
Also I don't think The Wooster Group is for me.