Ars Nova presents

Rags Parkland Sings
The Songs Of The Future

A Sci-Fi Folk Concert

Created by ANDREW R. BUTLER
Directed by JORDAN FEIN

 

September 25 – November 10, 2018

 

ABOUT THE SHOW  

You might not remember the last time Beaux Weathers and her band played, but Rags Parkland does. Back for an intimate, one-night-only gig, Rags will play the revolutionary songbook that carried us to where we are today. Meet the music that powered the change. Join The Future.

 

The New York Times
CRITICS PICK

Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future is a little musical with big, sad, beautiful ideas. It packs so much story into so little space that physicists will quail. This fusion of folk and science fiction is niftily sui generis. Mr. Butler’s music, a plangent folk style that broadens into roots rock, makes just about every syllable count. The show’s construction is so deft and its narrative so tantalizing that breathers — a whistled bridge, a harmonica breakdown — are almost unbearable. This hush testifies to Mr. Butler’s success in enmeshing us in his story. It also pushes us to think of other groups that have been interdicted, demonized, in America’s past and also in America’s right now. Still, the show holds out hope for a nation that tries to take care of its people.” 
 

Time Out New York

4 STARS – CRITICS PICK

“Slyly provocative, glorious & deeply felt”
 

TheaterMania

“One of the most surprisingly delightful and imaginative musicals of 2018.”