Text: Dan Hurlin
Music: Dan Moses Schreier
Music direction and Piano: Alan Johnson
Orchestrations: Bruce Coughlin
Cello: Rebecca Patterson
Guitar/banjo: Nick DeFabio
Older Man (A farmer): Don Chastain
Younger Man (The exact same farmer): Doug Marcks
Other Man (The State of Iowa): Dan Hurlin
Stage manager’s voice: Ann Carlson
The Shoulder was originally produced by MultiArts Projects and Productions (Ann Rosenthal, executive director) at Dance Theater Workshop, New York City, David R. White, producing Director. The Shoulder was subsequently produced at Longwharf Theater New Haven, CT, Doug Hughes, Artistic Director.
1. Iowa overture/Eye Exam 5'18"
2. Cold In Here 4'01"
3. Telephone Call 1'36"
4. Crossed Paths 5'21"
5. Green 4'02"
6. Reduce Speed Ahead 2'13"
7. Reclining Fields 5'23"
8. Road Duet 3'52"
9. Route 18 1'06"
10. Sunrise 2'02"
11. Reduce Speed Ahead 2 1'42"
12. Dead Dog Underscore 2'31"
13. Depending 5'34"
14. The Man On The Mower 3'02"
In 1994, a 74-year-old farmer failed his eye exam and was unable to renew his driver’s license. That did not stop him from visiting his older brother in Wisconsin, who had suffered a stroke. Afraid of flying and unwilling to be driven, the farmer embarked on an epic journey. On July 5th he packed a ten-foot trailer with camping supplies, extra clothes and gasoline, and hitched it to the back of a second hand 1966 John Deere riding lawn mower. Achieving a top speed of 5 mph, he proceeded to drive all 250 miles across the state of Iowa and arrived at his brother’s farm 41 days later on August 15th.
Music direction and piano: Alan Johnson
Set design: Dan Hurlin
Choreography: Ann Carlson
Costumes: Anna Thomford
Lighting design and production stage management: Tyler Micoleau
Produced by Dan Moses Schreier and
Red Wing Performing Group
Recorded at Kampo Cultural Center,
February 1998, NYC.
Engineered by John Kilgore
Assistant engineer: Greg Thompson
Mixed at Masque Sound, by John Kilgore
Photos by Dan Hurlin
Graphic design by Doug Wink/Inkway Graphics
Special thanks to David Bullard, Jim Flynn
at Jim Flynn rentals