Sedona AZ (January 7, 2020) – On Thursday, January 16th there will be 2 performances (one at 6 and then at 7.30) in the Chapel at Tlaquepaque at Patio de la Camilla, of Abbey at the Chapel. Red Earth Theater is proud to present this special show created by Gary Every and Wendy Harford, celebrating of the life and spirit of author Edward Abbey in words and music.
Abbey was famous for books which celebrated the beauty of the southwest with lyrical prose while at the same time equating wilderness with god given individual freedoms. His fiction and essays concern themselves with preserving America’s wilderness and bolstering individual liberties. Abbey’s most famous works were the nonfiction classic Desert Solitaire and the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang a call to militant defense of the earth. The paradoxical and eclectic Abbey was famous for confounding his enemies and inspiring his admirers while at other times inspiring his enemies and confounding his admirers.
This will be the 3rd consecutive year that Harford and Every present a celebration of the spirit of Ed Abbey, honoring the fight to defend the earth. The organizers are thrilled by the opportunity to present the beautiful words of Edward Abbey in the beautiful sacred space that is the Tlaquepaque Chapel.
The annual Edward Abbey celebrations began as a way to honor the work of Sedona resident James Bishop Jr. and his biography of Abbey, titled Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist. This year’s cast includes musician Wendy Harford performing songs by Jerome author and activist Katie Lee and Woody Guthrie. Robert Buddha Jackson will perform accompaniment to Abbey’s words with Native American style flute. Actor, author, playwright Kate Hawkes will read as will sculptor John Soderberg.
John Soderberg is an amazing sculptor, probably most famous for his Merlin sculpture in front of Whole Foods. Soderberg is as famous for his charity work as he is for his artwork. With a big booming voice and a charismatic aura he has seared the words of Ed Abbey into the hearts and memories of the audience each and every year.
Organizer Gary Every has written a show both energetic and inspiring. He has won several journalism awards for his reporting about the southwest, performs across the state and is probably best known locally as the host of the Poetry and Prose Project at the Sedona library.
Wendy Harford wears many hats. A local folk musician, painter, teacher, community organizer, jeweler she also creates handmade mirrors and other objects of beauty and curiosity. Wendy passionately delivers Abbeys words of defending the earth and individual liberty. Her energetic live performances often inspire audience singalongs.
Kate Hawkes is best known on the Sedona scene as the Producing Artistic Director of Red Earth Theater. Over the years she has been delighted to come to know and share Edward Abbey’s words with such a wonderful group. A writer, horsewoman and explorer of wild places herself, Abbeys common sense love of the land resonates with her Australian roots.
Robert Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist. He plays Native America Style flute and hosts the podcast A Quiet Mind. Robert’s mission is to create beauty and share it with the world.
Drop by the Chai Spot upstairs in Patio de la Camilla, – open late just for you – pick up a warm drink and then come to the Chapel on Thursday Jan 16th at 6 or 7.30 for Abbey at the Chapel as we celebrate wilderness, freedom and the words of author Ed Abbey.