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The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons” A Record Album Interpretation at the Fringe Festival


Sep 5, 2019 to Sep 8, 2019
08:00 PM until 10:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


September 5–8, 2019

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival.

The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation is an original performance by The Wooster Group based on an LP of work songs, spirituals, and toasts recorded in 1964 in Texas’ then-segregated prison farms.

The LP had been in performer Eric Berryman’s personal record collection for many years when, in 2015, he had a chance meeting with Wooster Group associate director Kate Valk. He had just seen the Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation, which Valk directed. Berryman asked to work with the Group on a record album interpretation of Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons.

In The B-Side, Berryman and fellow performers Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore channel the inmates’ voices from the record via in-ear receivers and transmit the full album live. In between tracks, Berryman reads from the liner notes and provides context from the book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues by Bruce Jackson, the folklorist who recorded the album. The voices of the live performers blend with and complement the voices on the record, creating a moving and intense performance.

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$39 general, $15 students/25-and-under, $2 FringeACCESS


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140 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

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