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Rolling With Changes At San Diego Rep

Above: Cast members from "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing." From left: Vaughn Armstrong, Dave Crossland and Jim Mooney.

Aired 1/19/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Todd Salovey is director and a writer of "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing." He is also the associate artistic director at San Diego Rep.

Vaughn Armstrong is an L.A.-based actor performing in "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing."

Dave Crossland is an actor and musician who also performs in the musical.

Transcript

Protest songs are all about change, and the creative team behind San Diego Rep's new musical, “A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing,” knows a little something about that. Faced with the unexpected challenge of having their original subject—American folk singer Pete Seeger—pull out four days into rehearsal, they had to rewrite an entire play … and quickly before the show’s slated opening.

"A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing" is still inspired by the work of Seeger but now showcases the history of protest music in the U.S., from the American Revolution to the present-day Occupy movement, celebrating music’s power to bring about change and social justice.

KPBS-FM talks to the play’s writer/director, as well as two of the actors about switching gears, their creative process and playing music.

San Diego Rep's workshop production of "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing" runs through January 29 at the Lyceum Theater in Horton Plaza.

Guests:

Todd Salovey is director and a writer of "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing." He is also the associate artistic director at San Diego Rep.

Vaughn Armstrong is an L.A.-based actor performing in "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing."

Dave Crossland is an actor and musician who also performs in the musical.

Here's a video of the cast at rehearsal for "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing."

Video

Rehearsal for "A Hammer..." at SD Rep

Above: Writer/director Todd Salovey and the cast of San Diego Rep's new workshop musical "A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing" at rehearsal. The musical is a revue of protest music.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Seeright31'

Seeright31 | January 19, 2012 at 1:33 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for this! Like Mr. Salovney, I was raised on Pete Seeger. I'm really looking forward to the show. I particularly appreciated the consensus that protest music helps to empower change!

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Avatar for user 'prdir'

prdir | January 20, 2012 at 5:54 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the interesting article. The transcript also was appreciated, but can someone please proofread before posting future documents? It's clear that voice-recognition software was used to create the transcript, which resulted in some confusing language and an unprofessional appearance.

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