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Mtn. Talk: BETSY! A Puerto Rican-Appalachian musical

Mtn. Talk: BETSY! A Puerto Rican-Appalachian musical

A recording of our Wednesday, August 9th Mountain Talk with the cast and crew of BETSY! Listen for the scoop on this Kentucky premiere (which will be August 11th and 12th at 8 PM in the Appalshop Theater in downtown Whitesburg, KY) . BETSY! is a Puerto Rican-Appalachian musical developed and written/composed as a collaboration between Roadside Theater: Art in a Democracy from here at home and Pregones / PRTT (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre) in the Bronx. Join host Elizabeth Sanders as she talks with Lisa Davis of Big Stone Gap, VA; Caridad de la Luz from the Bronx, NY; Rosalba Rolón from Pregones/PRTT; and Ron Short from Roadside.










BETSY! tells the story of a Puerto Rican nightclub singer and performer uncovering secrets of her twin Spanish-Caribbean/Scots-Irish roots. Her dilemma stirs up the ghosts of six generations of American women, and musical currents spanning four continents. Soulful and funny, BETSY! grapples with a surprising, many-layered narrative that links an orphaned teenager tricked into leaving Ireland in the 18th century, her seducer, and their descendants, all the way down to Betsy, a complex and sassy protagonist finding her bearings in the rhythmic pulse of 21st century New York.

BETSY! is alive with the fire of jazz, bluegrass, and Latin music compositions delivered by three powerful vocalists: poet/performer Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja,” Roadside Theater’s Ron Short, and Lisa Davis of Big Stone Gap, VA—plus a mighty Appalachian-Puerto Rican band on piano, fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, and drums. The concert will be directed by Dudley Cocke and Rosalba Rolón. The original book is by Dudley Cocke and Ron Short with Rosalba Rolón and Beegie Adair; music by Ron Short, Beegie Adair, and Desmar Guevara.

appalachian history,
arts & culture,
puerto rico,
roadside theater,
traditional music,