Steel Hammer staged by SITI Company at Humana Festival

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Humana Festival
Victor Jory Theatre
Louisville, Kentucky
work being performed: Steel Hammer


directed by Anne Bogart
music and lyrics by Julia Wolfe
original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor
recorded music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval
performed and created by SITI Company

An exploration of the rich legends surrounding the American folk hero John Henry.

The legend of John Henry, deeply rooted in Appalachian folklore surrounding the construction of the American railroad, has existed in many variations and forms—from illustration to tall tale, political polemic to popular song.  With music from Bang on a Can’s Julia Wolfe, and incorporating text from four remarkable playwrights, Anne Bogart and SITI Company explore the human impulse to tell stories through the rich tales surrounding this American folk hero.

Ensembles:  SITI Company 
Collaborators:  Anne Bogart, director