HAYMARKET

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

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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

PRODUCTION HISTORY

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

PRESS

"Wow... Highly effective... a heck of an achievement"

3.5/4 stars

Chris Jones

Chicago Tribune

"Beautiful... Superb...

A great success"

 

Recommended

Alex Huntsburger

Chicago Sun-Times

"Delightfully raucous... will give you shivers."

Recommended

Catey Sullivan

Windy City Times

"Stellar... exciting...

History come alive."

 

Recommended

Colin Douglas

Chicago Theatre Review

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