The Great Depression:
How do you spell relief ?
a musical presentation, intermingling narrative and songs from the 1920's
John recounts his travels and experiences riding the freights through depression era towns and work camps.
It's the Great
Depression. Prohibition has just been repealed. It is the beginning of the end
for a flamboyant era of gangsters and corruption. Early radio is in
it's heyday. Itinerant musicians like John are wandering the country
playing for tips in bars and barrel houses.
Perhaps with new relevance in light of
today's economic crisis, this living history performance takes us back to a
watershed moment in American history. Massive government intervention; capital
infusion to surviving banks; the WPA; the CCC -
an alphabet soup of public works projects providing relief
to American workers.
Using authentic 1920's guitar
and banjo, Mr. Salicco intermingles
his narrative with songs from the period, including folk, cowboy
songs, Delta Blues - the songs of the people.
"And then the
dispossessed were drawn west- from Kansas,
Mexico; from Nevada and Arkansas, families,
tribes, dusted out, tractored out. Car-loads, caravans,
homeless and hungry; twenty thousand and fifty thousand
and a hundred thousand and two hundred thousand. They
streamed over the mountains, hungry and restless -
restless as ants, scurrying to find work to do - to
lift, to push, to pull, to pick, to cut - anything, any
burden to bear, for food. The kids are hungry. We got no
place to live. Like ants scurrying for work, for food,
and most of all for land." (From the 1939 novel The
Grapes of Wrath)
presentation is suitable for elementary school age through adult audiences.
Usual program length is approximately 1 hour.
Fees for this program are negotiable. Please contact us for details.
For booking information:
or call 206-497-0049
Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE,
Tacoma, WA 98422