Dust Bowl


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Individual tickets available November 2019

Who has given to me this sweet
And given my brother dust to eat?
And when will his wage come in?

— William Vaughn Moody, "Gloucester Moors"

A man-made environmental disaster, the Dust Bowl began in 1931 and lasted for almost a decade, displacing entire populations in the southern plains region of the United States. Constant droughts, bug infestations, and increasingly dangerous living conditions left farmers with one guarantee: dust. "Dust to eat and dust to breathe and dust to drink. Dust in the beds and in the flour bin, on dishes and walls and windows, in hair and eyes and ears and teeth and throats."

Setting texts exclusively from newspaper articles, diaries, and first-hand oral accounts of survivors, the Dust Bowl pieces together nearly a decade of human struggle, hopefulness, and perseverance in the face of constant catastrophe. From fatal dust pneumonia to plagues of jackrabbits and grasshoppers, the performances of the Dust Bowl are honest and raw.

In collaboration with bluegrass band, video projection, and choreographed movement, Verdigris Ensemble world premieres stories of that time period through previously unexplored mediums and asks the question: how did this happen and have we learned from our mistakes?

Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project
Projections by Ariana Zhang
Music by Anthony J. Maglione
Libretto by Ron Witzke and Sam Brukhman
Conceived and directed by Sam Brukhman


Thursday, February 27, 7:30PM
Hamon Hall
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Friday, February 28, 7:30PM
Hamon Hall
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Saturday, February 29, 7:30PM
Hamon Hall
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Sunday, March 1, 7:30PM
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church
2700 McPherson Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76109