Actor, writer, director, and teacher Randy Noojin has become critically acclaimed for his one-man show Hard Travelin’ with Woody, a musical and theatrical tribute to Woody Guthrie, based on Guthrie’s own writings. Ever since Noojin debuted the show at FringeNYC in 2011—“getting even an uptight New York crowd singing along,” as the Huffington Post observed—he’s been taking it on the road, Woody-style.
Last winter, Noojin brought the show to Cuesta’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC) as a fundraiser for the community college’s theater department. On Sept. 14 and 15, he’ll bring it back to Cuesta in another fundraising show for the department.
“Writer and star Randy Noojin delivers one of the delights of the fest with his straight-forward, no-nonsense portrayal of singer, songwriter and activist Woody Guthrie in Hard Travelin’ With Woody,” the HuffPo review goes on. “The show is framed by Woody performing at a union fundraiser in 1940. Noojin avoids imitation but captures the spirit of Woody as he describes the mouthful of a name Woody had growing up (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie), his social awakening as a boom town goes bust when the oil dries up, his witnessing of the mistreatment of ‘Okies’ in California and his aw-shucks approach to arguing for ‘sticking together’ via unions, even as the people trying to unionize are beaten and killed. The story is punctuated with Guthrie’s many terrific numbers, which Noojin delivers with aplomb.”
Catch songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “Hobo’s Lullaby” for two days only at the CPAC, located on the Cuesta campus. Hard Travelin’ with Woody plays Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. All seats are $12; tickets will be available at the door.
Noojin is the author of such plays as The Complaint, The Knife Trick, You Can’t Trust the Male, Unbeatable Harold, and The Memory Collection.