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BECKY POOLE – The Ballad of Dena & Andrea (featuring Abby & the Myth)
November 3, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm$15.00 - $20.00
A murder ballad song cycle that tells the true life stories of Andrea Yates and Dena Schlosser, two women who murdered their own children and ended up as roommates in the same North Texas mental health facility.
Using original murder ballads in a traditional folk style, Becky Poole explores the worlds of postpartum psychosis, overzealous religion, toxic masculinity, childbearing, female rage, forgiveness, and the justice system. Expect banjo, musical saw, and sad stories – with a healthy balance of empathy and irreverence.
Becky Poole has written and performed murder ballads for solo projects as well as with her Chicago based duo Eileen. She has continued to be fascinated and frustrated by the lack of female-driven narratives around stories of violence and destruction in the American folk tradition. She found herself inundated with the same old trope of violence against women used as a plot device to drive the man’s journey. So she wrote a repertoire of female-driven murder ballads exploring women’s capacity for violence, and through that work discovered the contemporary tale of Dena and Andrea. She believes their story in particular carries a deep cultural resonance today with perceptions and expectations surrounding women, their choices, and their agency.
Over the centuries the murder ballad genre has worked to elevate true stories to myth and help our minds grapple with grotesque tragedy. While the subject is macabre, the story will focus on de-escalating the rush to demonize these women. Her piece hopes to refocus discussion of these types of crime onto the possibility of redemption and our capacity for forgiveness. What history did these women share with each other, with you? Do they have a future to speak of? What if you could turn to someone else who shared the burden of your worst evil – what would you say?
The evening opens with a performance by Abby & the Myth.
“Abby & the Myth are the kind of band that music fans always hope to stumble upon at a bar, but seldom ever do. With a presence big enough to fill an arena, it is hopefully just a matter of time before they get there”
– Music Connection
Becky Poole is an actor, writer, musician, voiceover artist, and sketch comedian. Past theatre performance includes Café Nordo (Modern American Chicken 1&2, Lost Falls), Chicago Children’s Theatre (The Elephant & The Whale, Good Night Moon! The Musical), and the Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan Rep – acoustic immersive productions of Pirates of Penzance & The Mikado – originals in Chicago as well as in Berkeley Rep, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, & Boston ART’s Oberon Theatre. She’s performed/produced comedy and theatre pieces for 20 yrs – UCBNY & LA, Second City CHI & Hollywood, iO Chicago & West, and the Canadian Fringe Tour. Poole is a teaching artist with the Unusual Suspects Theatre program for underserved and incarcerated youth in Los Angeles. She’s done voice work for, Nintendo, Nickelodeon, Poptarts, & The Cartoon Network and played “Tatted Gir” in the Netflix series Girlboss. Becky writes murder ballads from a female perspective and has written about murder ballads for “Murder Ballad Mondays” a blog with SingOut! magazine. https://soundcloud.com/beckypoole & https://soundcloud.com/weareeileen
Thea Lux (pronounced Tay-uh Lucks) – Guitar/Banjo/Vox – is an actor/writer creatively raised by Chicago’s comedy and theater scene. She’s written for the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, Reductress, voiced animated characters for Bix Pix Entertainment, and is in Craig Benzine’s (Wheezy Waiter) go90 series produced by New Form Digital. Musically, Lux performs with the indie-pop band, The French Goodbye and co-wrote award-winning original bluegrass music for the stage production, That Sordid Little Story. www.thealux.com / @thea
Kellan Meador – Percussion/Vox – recently started baking macarons with the local bakery, Bumblecrumpets. He is a great musician-actor-comedian extraordinaire, and you should definitely hire him to perform and write for you! More importantly you should visit Smorgasburg LA and see the amazing pistachio macarons he makes! They are perfect and delicious! Kellan is also from Georgia and loves the color green. https://www.
Abby Posner has been a professional musician in LA for the past 10 years, this CalArts music grad has composed music for commercials/TV, films, and radio shows all over the globe (including The Film Old Fashioned, The Fosters, This American Life Radio, The Art of More, and Last Tango in Halifax just to name a few). She also has music placed all over the UK and Germany. Posner appeared in two episodes of GLEE on season four playing banjo and guitar, and she recently appeared in the new Freeform show Famous In Love in 2017 playing banjo. Posner has also scored two three films, while playing and touring with several bands over the course of her time in LA.
Posner formed her project ‘Abby and The Myth’ in 2014 and they have taken LA by storm with their catchy indie folk songs. The Myth released their EP “Ghosts and Frames” April – 2015 and have been touring through the North West and South West. They recently had a residency at the famous Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and recently released a new full length record titled When You Dig A Well.