KC Fringe: “There Ain’t No More”


“There Ain’t No More!” makes it’s Kansas City Debut at KC Fringe.

Photo by Robin Farrin

There Ain’t No More! is a raw and authentic American folk music experience performed by solo-show newcomer Willi Carlisle and directed by Joseph Fletcher. This production is presented as a part of the 2017 Kansas City Fringe Festival with performances at Phosphor Studios.

“A poetic celebration of America’s original art form that is simultaneously ancient and avant-garde.” (Orlando Weekly)

Photo by Sabine Schmidt

An aged folksinger confronts the life he led, the legacy he will leave behind, and even death itself with five instruments, square-dance calls, and enough dirty jokes to make a beaver blush. The medication-addled musician relives lost love, his experience during the Vietnam War, years of political activism, and adventures into the American wilderness in this haunting, heartfelt hootenanny.

There Ain’t No More! addresses the fading and sometimes troubling legacy of American folk culture. Developed in collaboration between artist Willi Carlisle and director Joseph Fletcher, the play is the product of five years of research, down-home poetry, field recordings, musicmentorship, and folklore amidst the misty mountains of the Arkansas Ozarks.  

“Warm eyes, fierce fingers and an even more intense stage presence … casual listeners might not be ready for the potency of [Willi Carlisle’s] performance.” (Creative Loafing Tampa)

Top Critic’s Choice as ‘BEST SHOW’ at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival. Winner of ‘EXCELLENCE IN WRITING’ and ‘PATRONS’ PICK’ at 2017 PortFringe.

There Ain’t No More! has six performance at Phosphor Studios (1730 Broadway, KansasCity, MO 64108) on July 21st at 10:30 pm, July 22nd at 7:30 pm, July 23rd at 3:00 pm, July 25th at 7:30 pm, July 27 at 9:00pm and July 29th at 6:00 pm — Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/there-aint-no-more-death-of-a-folksinger/

To listen to an NPR interview with artist Willi Carlisle go to: http://kuaf.com/post/folk-music-mortality-and-puppets#stream/0

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