The Legend of White Woman Creek


Event details

  • Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • The Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO 64108
  • Cost: $10 - $13
  • Age limit: All ages

Western Kansas, 1867 - A young woman flees her war-torn home to start a new life in a unfamiliar land. A thirteen-song cycle of love, betrayal, and redemption sung by the ghost of Anna Morgan Faber.

"The Legend of White Woman Creek" is a one-woman folk-opera inspired by a ghost story from Western Kansas, created by Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan. It weaves a narrative through thirteen original folk songs based on the traditional music that first inspired Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez. With only her guitar and powerful voice, Katie evokes the desolation of the Kansas plains, the oppressive times, the brutal conflict between two warring people, and the small joys one manages to find amidst such turmoil. A tale told from the perspective of a spirit who cannot rest until she sings the record straight, "The Legend of White Woman Creek" is a presentation for lovers of music, ghost stories, and the American West.

The Coldharts are two theater artists based in Brooklyn, New York. Nick is a playwright, Katie is a singer and an actress. Their last collaboration Le Gourmand or Gluttony (created with 3 Sticks Theater) premiered at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival, with the New York Times saying "this wallow in overindulgence, so pleasing to the palate, deserves a bigger table."

The Kansas City Fringe Festival is the first stop in the "Go West Tour" with performances at Fringe Festivals in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Edmonton, Alberta.


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