Last night we trekked out to Oak Park for the Songwriters NOT from the Great American Songbook show. Hannah Frank did a set of Bob Dylan songs and we did a set of Rolling Stones songs. Turns out the Open Door Repertory is gem of a home for theater and music. Acoustically perfect. A first-class setting – hardwood stage, oriental carpet – a great theater space for audience and performers alike. A handful of folks got an earful of great songs. We did our best with a pretty ambitious set of Stones songs. It was challenging to take on “As Tears Go By” and “Wild Horses.” They are such beautiful, and delicate, numbers. We did our best to fill that space with our vintage, over-caffienated energy. It was one of those is the cup “half-full,” or “half-empty” experiences? I’ll go with “half-full!” – Jammer
photo by Linda Solotaire
If you know our band, whitewolfsonicprincess, you may also know Black Forest, our edgy, on the fringe theater company. Think: “rock and roll theater!” For the last 14 years or so we’ve performed at the “Abbie Hoffman Died For Your Sins Fest” which is hosted by Rich Cotovsky and his Mary Archie Theater Company. Abbie Fest is just like the famous Woodstock music fest of 1969, except probably, a little less mud, and instead of music, it’s a festival of plays, comedy, performance, etc. It’s always the third weekend of August, (this year Aug. 17,18 & 19).
Black Forest performs a new piece called “The Dogstar Raves On,” on Saturday, August 18 @ 6:55 p.m. It’s a waring-blender of a performance piece with scenes, monologues, mayhem and music. We are excited to have all the members of WWSP join us onstage for this performance. We also are very honored to have a wonderful guest performer: dancer/choreographer Sara Zalek collaborating with us. The lovely and multi-talented Hannah Frank is doing lights and sound. It is always great to be a part of the Abbie Fest! A one-day pass for the fest is $10.00 and weekend pass is $25.00. Check it out! – Jammer