Abigail Washburn’s ‘Post-American Girl’ debuting in NYC this week ++ other tour dates
Post-American Girl, written by and starring Washburn, draws from her 17-year relationship with China and addresses themes of expanding identity, cultural relativism, pilgrimage, today's shifting world order, the universal appeal of music and opening the heart big enough to fold it all in. The piece explores how a contemporary young American woman brings her conflicted feelings and simultaneous love of a changing China together with similar conflicted feelings and love of her own country's culture. The production will include Chinese Theatre Works' Kuang Yu Fong (founder and Master Vocalist); Stephen Kaplin (Puppeteer & Set Design); composer, violinist and violist Jeremy Kittel; Chinese percussion master Tian Gang; cellist Tristan Clarridge and Guzheng master Wang Jungling. Post-Amerian Girl will be directed by Meiyin Wang, Associate Artistic Producer of The Public's Under The Radar.
"I started going back and forth between China and America in 1996 and have hoped for a chance to dive headlong into a fuller expression of this journey and the lessons learned," said Washburn. "My artistry is expanding inexplicably because of New York Voices. Joe's Pub and The Public have created an opportunity to expand my artistic vision by freeing me up to think unabashedly about ways to merge my musical and personal journey with theatrical performance."
Abigail Washburn's first theatrical production, Post-American Girl, makes its debut at Joe's Pub this week for a three-night run (March 28 - 30). Tickets are still available for Thursday's debut (3/28) but Friday and Saturday are sold out.
Abigail has a number of tour dates, including a few with Bela Fleck, and all are listed below.
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Abigail Washburn - 2013 Tour Dates
Mar 28 Performance of Post-American Girl at Joe's Pub New York, NY
Mar 29 Performance of Post-American Girl at Joe's Pub New York, NY
Mar 30 Performance of Post-American Girl at Joe's Pub New York, NY
Apr 06 Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at Paramount Center for the Arts Bristol, TN
Apr 07 Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at Mountain Stage Buckhannon, WV
Apr 25 Franklin Theatre Franklin, TN
Apr 27 McCelvey Center York, SC
May 09 Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) Black Mountain, NC
May 10 Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) Black Mountain, NC
May 11 Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) Black Mountain, NC
May 12 Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) Black Mountain, NC
Sep 12 Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the University of Florida Gainesville, FL
Sep 14 Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the Mountain Song Festival Brevard, NC
Sep 20 Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at Sheldon Concert Hall St Louis, MO
Oct 19 Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at Miami University Middletown, OH