David Darrow is an actor/composer/lyricist based in Minneapolis. He has provided music/lyrics for the musicals Jonah And The Whale, The Great Work, and The Passage for which he also wrote the book. He is a co-founder of 7th House Theater.
Robin Hood the legend has been told so many different ways. I wanted to honor the spirit of the original ballads which date back to the 15th century. Much of the singing in the show is story based, or is aware that it is telling the audience a story, but at the same time, I wanted to update the sound to highlight the relevance of this myth. The sound of the show is really a mash-up of medieval modes/structures, and electronic instruments. So we'll have really earthy sounds like mallets and acoustic guitar right up against noises you can only make with a laptop.
This process has been really fluid. I think we originally intended the piece to be more of a "musical," in which characters sing as part of the narrative, but as we worked, that didn't feel right. The world is very musical, but the music is a layer that exists on top of the action like a film score, rather than something the characters engage with directly.
I hope we are able to illuminate something new in a well-loved and oft-told story. There is so much about Robin Hood that is taken for granted, and I hope we're successful in challenging some of the preconceived ideas about him that our audiences will bring in.
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Image by: Emily Michaels King