Texas Performing Arts presents The Wooster Group: The B-Side
Influential and trendsetting, legendary and revolutionary, The Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company that will make their Texas debut with a two-week residency to open Texas Performing Arts’ 40th Season. The Wooster Group will present a full production and present work-in-progress showings of a second work in the McCullough Theater, which will be transformed in to a black box-style theater with all audience seating on the stage.
The B-Side: “Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons” A Record Album Interpretation is an original production based on the 1965 LP record Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, which features work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and ‘toasts’ from inmates in Texas’ then-segregated agricultural prison farms.
Performer Eric Berryman plays the album, and along with performers Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore, channel the inmates’ voices, via in-ear receivers, recreating them live. Berryman also provides context from the book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues by Bruce Jackson, the folklorist who recorded the album at the prison in 1964.