We Want the Funk: A Rustbelt Lullaby on the One!

Event Date: 

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:30pm to Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:30pm to Friday, May 27, 2016 - 7:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Hatlen Theater

Event Price: 

$17 General Admission

$13 UCSB Student/Faculty/Staff/Alumni, Senior

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a LAUNCH PAD preview production

by Idris Goodwin     directed by Risa Brainin

It’s the early 1970s and the fourth largest auto company in the Midwest just laid off more than half its workers. Chuck is one of them, but he’s not worried. Chuck is convinced that “the funk” will bring prosperity. Only thing, Chuck can’t play no instrument. But somewhere in this sea of the recently unemployed and rejected—those morphine addicted Vietnam vets---those ex militants turned public servants—gear heads, burnouts, labor activists, Motown woulda coulda beens, and hustlers---somewhere in all that is Chuck’s band. This psychedelic rhythmic verse drama follows one ordinary man’s pursuit of a new working class frontier.


We Want The Funk, a rustbelt lullaby on the one! Poster

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