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The Play

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Music by

Uncle John & Tobey Stein

Grateful Dead

& Bob Dylan

 Spanish translation by Tania Carrasco

Characters

Storyteller

Sundance

Raindance

Lady Liberty

The Joker

The Purple Sage

The Hermit

Daniel Rafael

Michelle

Pretty Peggy

Ida Red

Billy Dee

  Jesse 

Freya Chanteur

Johnnie Walker

Harry Jardiniere

Maria Bonita

Seven Gypsy Women

Bobby “Sugarfree” Sugaree

Rainbow

The Magician

 

Raindance.family

RAINDANCE Art work by Michael Waters

The Raindance family tell their story in tales, through poetry, songs, art, and dance.

 RAINDANCE

by Uncle John

The prequel

Storyteller:

Once upon a time there was a true rainmaker. His name is Charles Mallory Hatfield. In southern California in the early 1900s, there was a great drought. Charles was a pioneering meteorologist and a man with strange inventions. One was a "humidity accelerator" that, according to him, could make it rain. In Oceanside, California, he went to the top of the tallest towers and mixed high-smelling fetid chemicals, and in five days it rained an inch of rain all over the city. Hatfield the Rainmaker's fame spread. In 1916, the San Diego city council, desperate for the rain, agreed to pay Hatfield $ 10,000, a huge sum of money later, if he could fill the local reservoir tanks. He mixed his chemicals on tall towers and soon it started to rain, and it rained, rained, and rained. The reservoirs overflowed and the rain flooded the streets, houses, businesses and the entire city. When it finally stopped raining, Hatfield stopped by the town hall offices to collect his "rain check." The council refused to pay. They said they hired Hatfield to fill the reservoirs only, not to flood the city.

The rain that we seek through the dance is the rain and the wind of the Spirit, which is followed by the rainbows that follow us.

RAINBOW SKY

"Rainbow" by Uncle John & Tobey Stein

RAINBOW

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow

 

How many days left till I die

From drinking whiskey and getting high

I'm a rambler by trade travelling about

Wind at my back circling south

Buried some words deep in the sand

 River run home flowed over the land

 

Sit with the sun setting by the moon

With your favorite color of a flower in bloom

Count all the hours and sing all the tunes

Picture paradise just digging on that dune

 

For the treasure sierra isn't buried in ground

It's not stuck in time & bound to be found

Then for but a moment as that too must pass

For the river immortal inside us shall last

 

Faith in the future you can't deny

There's something more here than you can explain

Wipe away the tear yes you'll get by

And call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow rain

Call me in the morning of the rainbow


 

UNCLE JOHN

@ Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, New York

June 19, 2017

Experimental Theatre

for the play

RAINDANCE

 

BIG WIND IS A-COMING

excerpts from:

Shelter From The Storm >

(Bob Dylan)

Big Wind >

(Marleen Molle Albin, Kevin Morgenstern, Arranged by Robert Hunter & Comfort)

Duquesne Whistle >

(Robert Hunter, Bob Dylan )

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall >

(Bob Dylan)

Looks Like Rain

(John Barlow, Bob Weir)

 

 

DEAD & COMPANY

@ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York

June 20, 2017

Rainbow during Dead & Company's performance of "Looks Like Rain"

 

excerpt

Storyteller:

Liberty Coruzzo wears roses in her hair

She still attracts a crowd

who all cry out at her & stare

get drunk and laugh out loud

Foxy boys chase young girls & chat with

beautiful women with butterfly hairpins

The old timers cheer at the sight of

Liberty on the back of a terrapin

singing like leaves blowing in the wind

 

Daniel:

We were at the carnival fair

and noted when the times were so good

We climbed the stone stairs past the turn in the street

where we recalled our childhood

We ran into Ida Red & the queen of the magazine

Michelle & I

among the crowd and smoke

the endless noise and scenes

 

Storyteller:

Freya Chanteur sings with the band

She holds a tarantula painted on a rouge-colored fan

and with  a wave of her hand

sees the face of Jesse in the crowd

and cries with her eyes clear and loud

She falls in love with his gentle stare

Time passes through his fingers in her hair

In a public act of loyal tradition

she marries the gypsy on a terrapin

 

Daniel:

We went to the Tally-Ho tavern

 to see a fiddler's contest held there

We were amused by this unusual lady &

knocked out by the perfume in the air

We watched from the window the wanderin' and weary

in their chameleon webs in the thick of night

In the distance there is the faint sound of misty bells

while they visit the world through slits of their shells

"Daniel Rafael" Michelle introduces me

 

Michelle:

I'd like you to meet pretty Peggy the mysterious lady

She comes from eastern Europe

Her father's an investor

She's got some money & knows what she's after

She plays in the pool parlor in Breakfast Alley

 

Daniel:

One night she drove Michelle & me & Liberty

out to the valley &

led us to a hermit's cave

where he lit a lantern played guitar and sang

 

Hermit:

It's gotta be all or nothing at all babe

 

Michelle:

His hands are as cold as ice

yet I can see sweat pour from his brow

I look at the lines on his face

He survived an ordeal he wouldn't tell now

 

Peggy:

We were drinking wine on Alligator Mountain

I expressed love greater than mine

and he turned to me in perfect mime

 

Hermit:

My heart is an open book to you

Red sails in the sunset are overlooking you

You better know what you're doing

 

Peggy:

Like true love I never felt like this

 

Storyteller:

He's been on live stages and what he practiced was kind

He knew fugitives and sages & found few of similar mind

He walks out of the pages like a knight on the road that winds

and breaks the cages of ephemeral walls to find

 

Peggy:

He went round about the river and didn't come back till he was grey

He retreated inside a palace on the edge of the old highway

 

Hermit:

There's a voice deep inside of the ancient one calling you

The door's not marked but the light shines through

RAINDANCE

 

Lord they don't how to pray

You see us here dancin' the night away

Let us intercede with rhythm today

With a cloud of faith we humbly sway

For every tree and plant and soul

To feel your rain and make us whole

Lord you know how this place is dry

The rain shall come when you open the sky

 

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

 

 In one hand she held a knife

In the other hand a cross

It was there she found the question

To all the answers that she sought

She came around

When she comes around

I like to calm her down

She came around

Take the time

Please take the time

You got the time

Take the time

 

If I could pay you back

For all the good days that I’ve spent

I’d lead you right to the river

Where love is never lent

And turn all your tomorrows

Back from where they came

And send you one last witness

To the keys of the pouring rain

 

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

 

 Lord they don't how to pray

You see us here dancin' the night away

Let us intercede with rhythm today

With a cloud of faith we humbly sway

For every tree and plant and soul

To feel your rain and make us whole

Lord you know how this place is dry

The rain shall come when you open the sky

 

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

Keys to the pouring rain Lord

You got the keys to the pouring rain

 

THE MISSION

 

Mississippi Captain fell in love

With the distant stars far up above

And got it together to build a ship

And get all his friends together for the trip

One lone dreamer came on by

Said "Mississippi Captain, how high is the sky?

I always had hopes to travel into space

And find new direction for the human race"

Well they got together and made a plan

To find another planet with air water and land

And in one swift stroke find the solution

To the cost of living with climate pollution

 

from the science fiction musical Play "RAINDANCE"

 

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