Area high school students can now take advantage of a generous donation to Palm Beach Dramaworks that allows them to see “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” for free. The production continues through Aug. 5.
The show, conceived by Peter Glazer and orchestrated by Jeff Waxman, features more than two dozen of the legendary balladeer’s songs, including “Bound for Glory,” “Grand Coulee Dam,” “Nine Hundred Miles,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Union Maid,” “Pastures of Plenty,” and, of course, his most famous piece, “This Land is Your Land.”
A powerful storyteller and insightful chronicler of America, Guthrie was a wandering troubadour who listened to the people he met in his travels and wrote songs based on what he’d seen and heard. He was a poet of the downtrodden, the voiceless, the powerless, and the forgotten, a humanist who railed against injustice but also celebrated the splendors of this country.