For the 2014 San Diego Fringe Festival, Great White Bear Productions presents Mr. Kent Brisby performing as Lee Hays in RED, WHITE & BLACKLISTED. This story is Hays’ personal perspective on some of the most precarious years in America’s history. The legendary curmudgeon and skilled folksinger grew up among the desperately poor of rural Arkansas, produced a documentary about sharecroppers at the age of 23 (in the middle of the depression), co-founded the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and then the Weavers with Pete Seeger. He left a rich legacy of empty booze bottles as well as writing songs, rousing political essays, poems, porn, Ellery Queen Mysteries, and even romance novels. It turns out the politics of fear and intimidation, so effectively a part of our political landscape today, had another heyday in the last century. We ignore the past at the risk of our future.
Mr. Brisby is a writer and producer with a broad background in adapting historical figures and research into live musical theater. Mr. Brisby has had more than two dozen scripts produced, with multiple projects commissioned and in various stages of development. Besides stage production, his adaptations and comic sketches have received broadcast, cablecast, and/or Internet distribution. RED, WHITE & BLACKLISTED is based on a previous workshop project Brisby developed in consultation with Fred Hellerman, Sam Hinton, and other principals of the time, under revision in collaboration with legendary and Oscar-nominated producer/agent Harold Leventhal at the time of Leventhals’ death in 2005.