Credit: Jim Cox
The Old Globe Theater returns to in-person performances with a new production of the 1967 rock musical “Hair”. The play will be performed at the Lowell Davies Festival Theater and will begin Tuesday night with premieres.
Director James Vásquez had selected “Hair” for production before the pandemic but had to suspend the show while the live theater was closed. Now the play, despite its 1960s decor, feels even more relevant with themes related to Black Lives Matter and social justice.
“The wonderful thing is that every generation is going to fight and every generation is going to want to make the world a better place,” said Vásquez. “And that’s ultimately what ‘Hair’ is about. It’s a group of young people coming together to fight for change and for the better. So even though it was planned for 2020, I still find it relevant, and even more relevant now to come after this year and a half of hiatus where we have accumulated energy and passions that we were not allowed to express. And now to be back and being able to stand on that stage and share our voices and share our authentic selves, which are the big themes of our production of “Hair”, I think that’s fantastic and important to the world today. “
Originally, the play was to be performed indoors on the main stage, but moving it to the open-air festival stage turned out to be accidental.
“You put these trees in the background and it changes the world for you,” Vásquez said. “So that guided us. We really put our world in a park, a corner of the park that our collective appropriates. We graffiti messages of hope and love all over the stage. We found pieces. that the collective brings the story throughout, really just to kind of establish this world of theirs, separate from the outside world. So that’s exciting. I think we’re creating a really realistic but bright and fun theatrical world. on the scene. “
“Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”, featuring a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, made its Broadway debut in 1967 at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. It was adapted for cinema in 1979 by Milos Foreman.
The Old Globe production of “Hair” will run through September 26 at the Lowell Davies Festival Theater.
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