A NEW FOLK MUSICAL
Music by David Kornfeld
Book and Lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser
Haymarket: a New Folk Musical tells the gripping true story of Chicago’s infamous Haymarket Affair of 1886. Anarchist labor leaders clash with a brutal police force in a battle for survival, and violent rebels armed with dynamite threaten to destroy the labor movement before it can begin.
Told by the Anarchist Folk Band, a troupe of actor-musicians, Haymarket draws on a rich tradition of Americana, bluegrass, and roots sounds, weaving a musical tapestry that is at once contemporary, period, and timeless. As the story traces the contours of events that gave rise to today’s socio-political landscape, we witness the transfer of power from Albert Parsons, a believer in patience and pacifism, to Lucy Parsons, a firebrand advocating for the power of action over good intentions.
Casting: 6m/4w, actor-musicians
2018 Den Theatre Production. Chicago, IL. Photo: Michael Brosilow
AWARDS & HONORS
BEST NEW MUSICAL - Winner!
2019 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Excellence in Chicago Theatre
TOP 10 BEST SHOWS OF THE YEAR
The Chicago Tribune, 2018
2019 Cast album released on Spotify and Apple Music
2018 UK Workshop premiere at Iris Theatre, London
2018 Underscore Theatre Company production, Chicago
Highly Recommended: CBS Chicago, Chicago Tribune
7-week initial run, The Den Theatre in Chicago
8-week commercial transfer, Theater Wit in Chicago
2016 Underscore Theatre Company production, Chicago
Highly Recommended: Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times
"Wow... Highly effective... a heck of an achievement"
A great success"
"Delightfully raucous... will give you shivers."
Windy City Times
History come alive."
Chicago Theatre Review