She didn’t really care what other people thought about her. It takes trusting that audiences like to see stories about women. SIZE CHART. You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. After surviving a rattlesnake attack, Kate earned herself a place in the pantheon of American tall tales. It’s like when people say they don’t like to read books. The cover art for Neyla Pekarek’s debut solo album “Rattlesnake.” (Photo provided) Neyla Pekarek didn’t know how ready her musical “Rattlesnake Kate” would be when it came time to premiere it at this year’s Colorado New Play Summit in Denver.But like any good performer – Pekarek used to be a member of The Lumineers – knows: The show must go on. I’m not even sure if I am Kate.” And so then we came up with this three-Kate idea. To protect her child and herself, she proceeded to famously kill 140 snakes. Get to Know Desiree Sanchez, Artistic Director at Aquila Theatre. The singer Neyla told Billboard: “Rattlesnake is about opportunities. Playing cello in one of the world’s biggest rock groups isn’t quite like exterminating rattlesnakes en masse, but her time with the Lumineers could be harrowing nonetheless. That kind of thing. Rattlesnake by Neyla Pekarek, released 18 January 2019 1. ... Colorado—the story of Rattlesnake Kate. Book by Karen Hartman. Best Podcasts Recommended by us. Producing Partners: Peggy Finley, Alan & Katie Fox, Ruth Krebs & Peter Mannetti, Ted Pinkowitz & Susan Fox Pinkowitz, Integra Financial. In this daily five-part series for the DCPA NewsCenter, we introduce you to the plays and playwrights featured at the Denver Center’s 2019 Colorado New Play Summit through February 24. Today: Neyla Pekarek and Karen Hartman, writers of ‘Rattlesnake Kate.’. I could not stop talking about her. John Moore: Neyla, I also just learned that you also will be performing at the 14th annual “Women with Hattitude” luncheon on May 2 in support of the Denver Center’s ongoing mission to level the playing field for women playwrights and directors. She also found something of a kindred spirit. John Moore: Tell us how Rattlesnake Kate came to be. The writers at a glance: Aurora native Neyla Pekarek was a longtime cellist and vocalist with the folk-rock band The Lumineers, whose first record reached triple-platinum status with sales of more than 3 million records. John Moore: So why is Neyla not playing one of the three Kates? Download copies of our programs from the archive, https://www.denvercenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/QUOTE-social-Rattlesnake-Kate-Neyla-Pekarek-Karen-Hartman1.jpg, Summit Spotlight: Neyla Pekarek and Karen Hartman on ‘Rattlesnake Kate’. Former member of The Lumineers and Colorado native Neyla Pekarek wrote a folk opera about Slaughterback called Rattlesnake. Pekarek wrote a "folk opera" called Rattlesnake about Katherine McHale Slaughterback, popularly called "Rattlesnake Kate," who was a renowned snake hunter of Colorado. And talking about these issues of inequality tells me that Rattlesnake Kate and Hattitude will be a perfect match. ‎Musician Neyla Pekarek (formerly of the Lumineers), helps tell the legend of Rattlesnake Kate, an early 20th century Western icon who refused to play by the rules. TRACK LISTING: 1. It took her … Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Her story is one of strength, determination, and creative fun. I’ve got my live show where I can do my show-pony thing and sing all the songs myself. Rattlesnake was released on January 18, 2019 via S-Curve Records. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Visit our box office in the lobby of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, across from Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Train 2. Official website of Neyla Pekarek. Kate McHale Slaughterback, the real Rattlesnake Kate. Unable to run away, "Rattlesnake Kate" proceeds to shoot. These actors are really good. Hot Podcasts Popular shows today. John Moore: I also want to know your thoughts on the Women’s Voices Fund, which is the Denver Center’s $1.5 million endowment to support the work of women playwrights and directors. I come from such a barbershop background, so I have always been attracted to that kind of sound. Support our $4 million goal with a gift to our Recovery Fund. When you choose DCPA Event Services, our on-site team of planners, designers and technicians will work with you every step of the way to create the event of your dreams. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Neyla Pekarek: I was so excited to be asked to perform at Hattitude. Album Review: Neyla Pekarek Becomes “Rattlesnake” Kate. John Moore: Looking back, how does your time with The Lumineers live with you now? John Moore: So Karen, tell us about the process of taking this newly released concept album of Neyla’s, Rattlesnake and turning it into a stage musical. Sometimes they back each other up. Today, Neyla Pekarek, formerly of The Lumineers, has revealed the second new song off her forthcoming solo album ‘Rattlesnake,’ out January 18, 2019 on S-Curve Records. She said what was on her mind. Neyla Pekarek: I went there as a musical-theater major but about halfway through I decided it was probably a good idea to get a music-education degree. Pekarek is currently in the early stages of turning the story of Rattlesnake Kate into a full musical, which is currently being workshopped at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. To be treated as an equal. This is where I fell in love with theatre, watching all the Broadway tours come through and coming to plays with my English class in high school. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. I was writing my experience. Arsenic 9. It’s a dream come true.” So I am happy to help in any way I can. Pekarek: Rattlesnake Kate was from Greeley, Colorado, and that’s where I went to college. The play in a nutshell: Around 100 years ago near Greeley, Kate McHale Slaughterback came upon a migration of rattlesnakes while on her horse with her young son. And then I had this very strange roundabout where I was in a band for a while, and I traveled the world with them, and then recently I came back to my musical-theater roots. The cover art for Neyla Pekarek’s debut solo album “Rattlesnake.” (Photo provided) Neyla Pekarek didn’t know how ready her musical “Rattlesnake Kate” would be when it came time to premiere it at this year’s Colorado New Play Summit in Denver.But like any good performer – Pekarek used to be a member of The Lumineers – knows: The show must go on. There have been moments in the rehearsal room where we all have been just in shock at how raw and how immediate these songs sound. UNISEX TEE INFO: Printed on a white, Bella + Canvas brand, 100% ringspun high quality cotton tee. You can check these in your browser security settings. That’s when I realized, “Oh, this is more than just one song. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. And it just grows on you. I didn’t really care about rock bands. Whiskers 6. Neyla Pekarek’s solo debut album tells the story of Rattlesnake Kate, a badass frontierwoman who fought off 120 snakes to protect her young son. The story stuck with her. But I will tell you, even when we played Madison Square Garden, someone asked me that night: “What does it mean to you to be playing Madison Square Garden?” And I said, “This is the closest I’ve ever been to being on Broadway.” They said, “Well, this is a much bigger deal.” But not in my mind. Thanks so much to everyone who’s listened to my new song I WANT EVER... YTHING ️ Written for our upcoming stage production of Rattlesnake Kate, this song is about Kate being exactly who she was—strong, empowered, outspoken, independent, unconventional—and deserving of validation, respect and love. In January 2019, she released her debut solo album, Rattlesnake, which this musical is based on. I feel like everything that’s good in my life is because of those teachers. Neyla Pekarek: The bottom line is, I got to make a record exactly the way I wanted to make it. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. This is Neyla’s album. On her headstone, her name simply reads "Rattlesnake Kate," per her request. Rattlesnake is a concept album that will indeed center around Rattlesnake Kate. Neyla Pekarek Rattlesnake (S-Curve) Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. As the story goes, Kate came upon a rattlesnake while hunting for her supper back in 1925. Our artists are your neighbors. Not only is it an honor to have been commissioned anywhere to do something I feel insanely lucky to be doing in the first place, but even more so because this is home. I'm A Scoundrel (Feat. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. I could never sing these songs the way she does. I knew I was first and foremost a musician. In order to protect herself and her 3-year-old son, who was mere feet away on horseback, she proceeded to kill 140 rattlesnakes. Better Than Annie 4. Letters To The Colonel (Feat. Neyla Pekarek: You’re right about that. John Moore: Talk about the decision to have three actors play Kate at different times in her life. I know.” And so through some magic, last summer I got partnered up with Karen Hartman to write a script to go with my music. One even might say that Pekarek is shedding her pores and skin and taking up a brand new type with “Rattlesnake,” which was themed across the legend of Colorado pioneer Kate McHale Slaughterback. Here is more of DCPA Senior Arts Journalist John Moore’s conversation with Neyla Pekarek and Karen Hartman: Neyla Pekarek in ‘The Tomato Plant Girl’ at the University of Northern Colorado. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. It's a concept album based on the true story of Colorado's Rattlesnake Kate, who rescued herself and her 3-year-old adopted son from an attack by killing more than 140 snakes in 1925. When Neyla Pekarek started thinking about her debut album, she turned to snakes. Check your home library website or social media sites for details about current services and offerings. John Moore: What about the way she lived her life speaks to you 100 years later? “Rattlesnake” Kate was a progressive and important female figure in Northern Colorado history. On October 28, 1925 a woman traveling … You’ve played Paris. And your students are our future. I think it works really well. Pekarek’s album, Rattlesnake, has some legendary origins. I also knew I wanted to make the further transformation into a stage musical, but I wasn’t quite sure how to do that. Neyla Pekarek (All photos from AK Photography) ... Rattlesnake Kate. Neyla Pekarek, the cellist and classically trained vocalist formerly of The Lumineers, was in college when Rattlesnake Kate first rocked her world. It’s a song that introduces Kate and tells the audience, “This is who I am, and this is what I want.” There isn’t a song like that on the record because the record doesn’t need it. “Rattlesnake Kate” Music and lyrics by Neyla Pekarek, book by Karen Hartman, directed by Chris Coleman Feb. 5-March 14, 2021, Wolf Theatre I’m also a Colorado native, from Denver. It’s also about how this record is a next step for me. This is your show. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist. So she collected all these snakeskins and she fashioned herself a flapper-style gown that she would then wear to parties. I do hope that top-40 radio people who have heard of The Lumineers but wouldn’t normally go to a musical will come and give it a chance. Neyla Pekarek Rattlesnake Out Now. If it really was shooting, put your money on Kate 'Cause just in two little hours, I murdered a hundred and forty snakes [Chorus 1] ... Rattlesnake Neyla Pekarek. You can also change some of your preferences. The Attack 3. She happened upon the true story of the frontierswoman, who singlehandedly killed 140 snakes as they encroached on her and her son, at Greeley, CO's History Museum. TANTALUS: Behind the Mask to be streamed Dec 16 at 6:30pm MT, Making something new this holiday season with. You can also change some of your preferences. John Moore: Not to interrupt, but is this a band we might have heard of? Ballot Signature Skirmishes; Squeezing The Middle Class; A Solo Lumineer. Denver native Neyla Pekarek made waves playing the cello for the hit folk-pop band The Lumineers. "Western stories are so dominated by men. Neyla Pekarek on Leaving the Lumineers and Her Solo Debut – Variety Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. To protect her child and herself, she proceeded to famously kill 140 snakes. Karen Hartman: I said to Neyla: “If you want to be Kate, you’re Kate, obviously. I just keeping saying to myself: “Wait. 2019 Summit: A quick look at all five featured plays. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. John Moore: When you say, “Women’s barbershop,” that makes me think of the great local band Paper Bird. I knew I wasn’t a dancer. Although it’s been a challenge, Pekarek says that, between working with actors and writing new songs, the process has been creatively fulfilling. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. On her headstone, her name simply reads "Rattlesnake Kate," per her request. And it’s incredible that Denver Center is taking the lead. So we’re reimagining what can be reimagined; we’re using verbatim what can be used verbatim; and then we’re starting over with those spots along the theatrical journey that aren’t on the record. Rattlesnake is a concept album that will indeed center around Rattlesnake Kate. Kate gave me a door to opportunity.” However, people are quite excited to learn about Neyla Pekarek married life with her husband. Neyla Pekarek has woven Slaughterback’s biography into a concept album called Rattlesnake that was released January 18 on S-Curve Records. She really didn’t take a lot of crap from anybody. Music and Lyrics by Neyla Pekarek. Advisory: Contains adult language and violence. But her battles were far from over: To find a love that would last. In order to protect herself and her 3-year-old son, who was mere feet away on horseback, she proceeded to kill 140 rattlesnakes. Over the past 14 years, 29 plays introduced at the Summit have gone on to be premiered as fully staged productions on the Denver Center Theatre Company’s mainstage season. Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk and Senior Arts Journalist John Moore. Neyla Pekarek, who left the Lumineers last year, talked about her "women-empowering" solo debut, "Rattlesnake." I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be. And here you are now at the Denver Center creating a stage musical. A collection of songs inspired by Rattlesnake Kate, a badass frontierswoman who fought off 140 snakes to protect her young son. RELEASE DATE: Jan 11th, 2019. Brian Cronan) 5. John Moore: I’m sure a few of them were snakes. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Neyla Pekarek, formerly of The Lumineers, about her debut solo album, Rattlesnake, which was inspired by an actual frontierswoman named "Rattlesnake Kate." So I just mapped it all out from beginning to end. Karen Hartman: I would also say that it’s just such a good move for Chris Coleman’s first commission to go to a global Colorado artist who is writing a Colorado story. Tags CONCEPT ALBUM, Music, PIONEER. Karen Hartman: So we start with this album that is really beautiful and it works gorgeously as it is. Karen Hartman: The songs on the record are complete in their own way. Neyla Pekarek Of The Lumineers Plays Music From New Folk-Opera At CPR's OpenAir. In modern culture. There were times with the band when I felt like I was living someone else’s dream, and I feel like I finally have this space to live my own dream. Directed by Chris Coleman. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. And I hope other people who have ever felt marginalized can relate to this story as a result. On October 28, 1925 a woman traveling with her young son in Greeley, Colorado came upon a pack of migrating rattlesnakes. LEARN MORE. Neyla Pekarek: Rattlesnake Kate became notorious in the 1920s for this strange encounter with a rattlesnake migration. Whiskers 6. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Be the first to hear about shows and news, Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter *. It took her two hours, but she walked away and lived to tell the tale. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. I grew up in Aurora and went Overland High School. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. She was survived by her son, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Discover the inspirational true story that is larger than life and stranger than fiction in this vibrant new musical by Neyla Pekarek (former member of the Grammy-nominated folk-rock band The Lumineers) and playwright Karen Hartman. Brian Cronan) 11. An agent of mine named Jack Tantleff said to me: “Well, you’re from Denver. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Neyla Pekarek: She pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be feminine and what it meant to be a woman. The new album Rattlesnake is out now. And now we’re making it into this other thing. She is known for her “handling” of rattlesnakes during the snake migration in the 1920s. Rattlesnake Kate - Top podcast episodes It started out with two guys in their basement asking me if I wanted to get into a minivan and play shows. A collection of songs inspired by Rattlesnake Kate, a badass frontierswoman who fought off 140 snakes to protect her young son. Theater teacher at the end, or to be a woman playwright in the ensemble this have. % ringspun High quality cotton TEE the University of Washington will show to! In 2011 in rehearsal, one of our actors got teary talking about issues. 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