T/K/O @ Joe’s Pub

TKOOn October 22nd, Joe’s Pub welcomed a cast of 12 and a band of 4 onto its stage to perform a concert reading of The / King / Operetta, freshly refined from its adventure at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  The all-star cast included Rodney Gardiner, Shelley Thomas, David Manis, Reed Birney, Will Harper, Brian Tyree Henry, JD Webster, Adrienne Warren, Hanna Cheek, and many, many more incredibly talented folk.  The music was brought to an inspired new life, full of unyielding energy and emotional depth, as generously provided by the singers and musicians.  It was a powerful night, and an always-empowering story.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

In October ’12, Lauren and fellow Waterwell-ers, Tom Ridgely and Rodney Gardiner, were invited to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab for New Work.  The extremely talented members of the Festival workshopped The / King / Operetta over 5 days’ time, allowing the 3 inspired writers to refine existing material and try out the new.  All this amidst the jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery Ashland, OR has to offer.  A true gift to theater and its denizens lives there.OSF

Drum Major

From Waterwell's TKO

The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as Devised by Waterwell: A Rock Operetta — or The / King / Operetta for short — highlights and celebrates some of the immensely powerful moments of King’s last year.  Drawing from speeches, interviews, private notes and the various movements of the day, the show follows King and his contemporaries through turbulent and quiet moments, weaving in songs of rock, blues, folk and funk as inspired by the ground-breaking music of 1967/68.

The production had a full run at the Barrow Street Theater in the summer of 2007, and was called “Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Raucous.  One of the best musicals of the year” by New York Magazine. (7/07)

Here, Rodney Gardner performs Drum Major from Waterwell’s The / King / Operetta at a live performance at Trinity College, CT.  The lyrics of the piece come directly from King’s profound “Drum Major” speech, given February 4th, 1968.

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Jail Song

The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as Devised by Waterwell: A Rock Operetta — or The / King / Operetta for short — highlights and celebrates some of the immensely powerful moments of King’s last year.  Drawing from speeches, interviews, private notes and the various movements of the day, the show follows King and his contemporaries through turbulent and quiet moments, weaving in songs of rock, blues, folk and funk as inspired by the ground-breaking music of 1967/68.

The production had a full run at the Barrow Street Theater in the summer of 2007, and was called “Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Raucous.  One of the best musicals of the year” by New York Magazine. (7/07)

In this track, Rodney Gardiner and John-Andrew Morrison perform “Jail Song” live at Trinity College, CT.

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