This long-suppressed local story of the dark history of the Black Patch Capital of the World and its tobacco war of the early 1900s unfolds through the gut-wrenching emotional ride of the Hartley family. Witness the struggles that affected not only them, but all the families who farmed in this region of Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee and grew dark-fired tobacco. You will see big business at its worst and the tobacco company's role in turning farmer against farmer, brother against brother and its backlash--giving birth to the masked vigilantes: The Night Riders. This superior production will thrill you with its lyrical, inspiring bluegrass music and top notch acting. Six outdoor performances open to the general public will be presented.
SMOKE is the story of the conflict that arose from an effort to create an association of tobacco farmers designed to force companies to pay higher prices for their crop. During the early 1900’s, the struggle affected every family in the region known as the Black Patch. The conflict gave birth to the infamous "Night Riders", masked vigilantes who terrorized farmers that refused to join the movement through intimidation, vandalism, destruction of property, and eventually, violence. Long suppressed, the story now unfolds through the words and music of SMOKE. The musical score consists of original compositions and new arrangements of traditional folk music and will be performed with live period instruments in acoustic bluegrass-style, further enhancing historical accuracy.
Please remember to check the weather and dress appropriately for the evening
No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed
David Alford (writer of Smoke and Spirit) currently appears as Bucky Dawes in the ABC television series Nashville. In addition to acting in film (Stoker, The Last Castle), he has directed and/or appeared in over 70 professional theatre productions, including the original mounting of Spirit. Recent stage appearances include the title role in the regional premiere of David Auburn's The Columnist (at Tennessee Repertory Theatre), and in the rural-flavored touring revue Christmas Down Home. He has written numerous plays and screenplays but is proudest of Spirit and his musical Smoke, stories of his home area. From 1994-2004 David served as co-founder and Artistic Director of Mockingbird Theatre. From 2004–2007 he worked at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in various capacities, including Executive Artistic Director and Artist-in-Residence. In 2012 he finished work designing and implementing a new Dramatic Arts Major at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee where he continues to teach part-time. David was the 2012-13 recipient of the Mabry Ovation Award through the Austin Peay Center for the Arts. He and his wife Kahle have lived in many place, but he's proud to call Adams home.
Paul Carrol Binkley (original music director for Spirit and Smoke and producer/arranger for the original cast recording of Smoke) has been playing the guitar and composing his own music since he was nine years old. He trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston (Jim Hall Jazz Award), Austin Peay State University, and Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. His music has been heard everywhere from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, to the Lincoln Center in New York; from CMT to NPR; from Holland to Singapore. He has worked locally with Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Community Spirit as Sound Designer, Music Director, and Composer. Other credits include Coterie Theatre (Missouri), Music from the Hearts of Space and All Things Considered(NPR). Paul has served as acoustic guitar specialist for a diverse group of artists including country music super-group Alabama. His solo recordings include Silent Serenade, Closer to Home, Passages for Acoustic Guitar, Flying Colors, and Do You Hear What I Hear? (www.pcbmusic.com) Current projects include serving as the Fred Coe Artist in-Residence at Vanderbilt’s Theatre Department, copyright infringement consulting, performing locally, most recently, with Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera and in his original children’s musical, Jack’s Tale: A Mystic Mountain Musical, (co-authored with Scot Copeland of Nashville Children’s Theatre) in its national premiere at The Kennedy Center, Washington, D. C. before returning to Nashville Children’s Theatre. Paul lives in Adams, Tennessee.
“Binkley’s original music is almost subliminal, a nostalgic weave of old lace curtains, the faint scent of wood smoke…and remembered innocence.” -The Tennessean