La MaMa Blogs: Musical Preview: "3 Heads (Is Love)" from Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Musical Preview: "3 Heads (Is Love)" from Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine

"3 Heads (Is Love)" song by Susan Hwang 
recorded by Brian Speaker at SpeakerSonic 
photos & editing by Volodymyr Klyzuko 

Everyone knows about Pocahontas, but did you know that before he went to Virginia he was in Ukraine (in 1603)? This is where he met "other" people first, giving him experience to deal with Native Americans. And before that (and also in the show!), Smith was actually a slave in Turkey who escaped when his Mistress fell in love with him! The original song "3 Heads (Is Love)" just one of many musical interludes in Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine.

Based on Smith's The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captaine John Smith in Europe, Asia, Affrica and America, from Anno Domini 1593 to 1629, Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine is a comedy-musical-historical-epic-in-an hour with three performers: Bob Holman, founder of Bowery Poetry Club in New York as John Smith; Susan Hwang, Korean-American comic/performance artist & accordion player, plays all of Smith's love interests; and Julian Kytasty, legendary Ukrainian traditional musician. Presented in Ukrainian and English.

La MaMa presents
Yara Arts Group's
Capt. John Smith 
Goes to Ukraine

Created and Performed by Bob Holman, Susan Hwang and Julian Kytasty
Conceived & Directed by VirlanaTkacz

Based on John Smith’s own writing about his adventures fighting in the Turkish wars in Eastern Europe before he came to America. Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine has music including traditional Ukrainian epic songs known as “dumas” and wild new songs written by Susan Hwang which she performs accompanying herself on the accordion, as well as wild love poetry by Bob Holman.

February 27 – March 9, 2014
Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2:30pm

Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors; a limited number of $10 tickets are available IN ADVANCE as part of La MaMa's 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative. But hurry, these tickets are only available in advance and the sell quickly!

For tickets and info: Click Here

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Holman is never boring in the least. Looks like a histori-poetic musical instant classic. I'm there.