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John McCutcheon in “Joe HIll’s Last Will” June 11

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Six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon returns to Modesto to perform “Joe Hill’s Last Will,” an inspiring one-man play about the famed labor activist’s life and death. Join us on Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 PM at the Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K Street. The performance is a benefit for the Modesto Peace/Life Center.

The scene is a cell in the Utah State Prison at 4:00 in the morning, 100 years ago. Joe Hill, American Labor’s most iconic songwriter is awaiting execution at dawn and he’s got a story to tell. Joe Hill was an immigrant to the United States who, like so many others, worked at a variety of trades, trying to make his way in his new country. But like no other, he was a musician, a writer, a man of wit and insight, who knew how to craft songs that informed, inspired, and inflamed.

Songwriter and labor historian, Si Kahn, created the play based largely on Hill’s own words and using all of Hill’s music.  And in the hands of multi-Grammy nominee and folk music legend, John McCutcheon, rarely have they had such expert treatment. McCutcheon’s tour-de-force acting, his rich voice, and stellar instrumental skills present Joe Hill and his music as never before. The story takes the issues of labor, immigration, workers’ rights, the death penalty, and war from the annals of 1915 to the headlines of 2015.

Tickets are $23 (plus service charge of $2.26) and will go on sale online at www.joehillmodesto.eventbrite.comon April 28. The show is for one night only in a small venue, so a sell-out is expected. Sponsorship tickets are available now. See the attachment for sponsorship information.

For info on the event 209-480-4576, Ken Schroeder.

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