Joe Hill's Last Will - Play DVD
The scene is 4AM, November 19, 1915. Legendary labor songwriter, Joe Hill, is in his cell at the Utah State Prison, hours away from his execution for a trumped-up murder charge. A reporter has been sent from a local paper to record his last words. Maybe Hill will give them to him, maybe he wonÃ¢ÂÂt. But first, the reporter will have to hear the story of HillÃ¢ÂÂs life, the history and thinking behind his songs, the philosophy of the Industrial Workers of the World for whom Hill writes, his thinking on life and labor, love and death. And heÃ¢ÂÂll have to hear many songs.
The scene is November 19, 2015, Salt Lake City. 100 years to the day after HillÃ¢ÂÂs execution. Legendary labor songwriter, John McCutcheon, is performing a play, written by legendary labor songwriter, Si Kahn, about those final two hours. McCutcheon breathes new life into HillÃ¢ÂÂs music, offering a startling acting debut as Hill himself, still thinking, writing, fighting about worker rights, immigration, income inequity, love, war, and solidarity.
Scene: Joe HillÃ¢ÂÂs cell in the Utah State Prison in Salt Lake City
Time: November 19, 1915, 90 minutes before dawn
1) The Rebel Girl
2) What A Friend We Have in Jesus (by Charles Crozat Converse & Joseph M. Scriven)/ Dump the Bosses Off Your Back (words by John Brill)
3) Hallelujah IÃ¢ÂÂm A Bum (original hymn by William Paton Mackay, words by unknown IWW member)
4) There Is Power in a Union
5) What We Want
6) Where the Fraser River Flows
7) The Wearing of the Green/Overalls and Snuff/Put Ã¢ÂÂEm on the Bum
8) The Preacher and the Slave
9) Mr. Block
10) The Wooden Shoe/Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay!
11) Casey Jones
12) Stung Right
13) Stung Right (reprise)
14) The Rebel Girl (reprise)
15) The WorkersÃ¢ÂÂ Commonwealth
16) There Is Power in a Union (reprise)
17) Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
18) Joe HillÃ¢ÂÂs Last Will
19) Dawn vigil, March 19, 2015, at the site of Joe HillÃ¢ÂÂs execution, Salt Lake City, UT.
(All songs and poems by Joe Hill except as noted, except Ã¢ÂÂJoe HillÃ¢ÂÂs Last WillÃ¢ÂÂ words by Joe Hill, music by John McCutcheon)
Book by Si Kahn, ÃÂ©Joe Hill Music
All musical arrangements by John McCutcheon ÃÂ©Appalsongs (ASCAP)