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Notes of a Native Song

An irreverent homage to the original black-punk-novelist James Baldwin from Stew and The Negro Problem

June 15 - 18, 2017

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Thu, Jun 15, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:20 PM
The Famous Speigeltent at David Pecaut Square
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Fri, Jun 16, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:20 PM
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Sat, Jun 17, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:20 PM
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Sun, Jun 18, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:20 PM
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The June 16 performance is FREE as part of our FIRST FRIDAY FREE at The Famous Spiegeltent. This general admission show is standing-room with a limited number of seats available (seats will be first-come, first-served, prioritizing persons with accessibility needs). BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS >

American Sign Language

   

The June 18 performance will feature an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performance. MORE INFO >

Audience advisory

   

This show contains coarse language and strobe lights.

Canadian Premiere


Inspired by the art of American writer and activist James Baldwin, Stew and The Negro Problem explore Baldwin’s trailblazing legacy through songs co-written by longtime collaborator Heidi Rodewald, co-creator, along with Stew, of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange. An irreverent and spirited rock and roll song-cycle, Notes of a Native Song is a high-energy blast of music, video, and spoken word that captures the essence of the man who spoke uncomfortable truths about gender, race, and class division. The show confronts the more complicated aspects of Baldwin’s life and ideas, even as it celebrates his lasting impact.

Stew won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book for his Broadway hit Passing Strange, which played to sold-out crowds in Toronto earlier this year (The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre). The Broadway show was documented in a film by Spike Lee, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Fronting his genre-bending band The Negro Problem, in their Canadian debut, Stew narrates a highly personal and provocative account of Baldwin’s lasting influence with wild humor and an irresistible mix of psychedelic soul, art-damaged-pop, and twisted jazz.
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Creative Team

THE NEGRO PROBLEM
Stew
Heidi Rodewald
Art Terry
Marty Beller
Dana Lyn

WORDS BY
Stew

MUSIC BY
Stew
Heidi Rodewald

LIGHTING DESIGN BY
KJ Hardy

VIDEO CONCEPTS BY
Stew

VIDEO DESIGN BY
Joan Grossman

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American Sign Language ASL performance of Notes of a Native Song

June 18

The June 18 performance will feature American Sign Language, where skilled theatrical interpreters will translate the production on stage into American Sign Language. The audience will be able to see both the interpreters and the stage action simultaneously.