Back to the Garden
May 25th @ 8:00p
Sunday, May 25th @ 8:00p
ADMISSION IS FREE
Early Events TBD
8:00pm – Back to the Garden
“We’re so pleased the community has latched on to this production the way it has,” says Stev Guyer, Executive Producer and CEO of Shadowbox Live. “Not a week goes by that our patrons don’t ask if we’ll be performing it again.”
Back to the Garden premiered at Shadowbox Live in the fall of 2009. Audiences immediately connected with its message of peace, love and music, making it one of the most successful shows in Shadowbox Live’s history and prompting what has become an annual outdoor performance.
“We’re extremely proud that we’ve created this original work, based on an historic event, that can evoke these very special feelings of brotherhood and fellowship,” says Guyer. “Every year we enjoy bringing a little piece of that feeling to our city.”
The event has been heavily attended in the past three years, with attendance numbers growing with every performance. The first outdoor show in 2010 brought 4,500 people to Schiller Park. In anticipation of an even larger crowd, the event was moved to the Columbus Commons in 2011, when 7,000 came to enjoy the show. Then last year, again at the Commons, saw a slightly bigger audience with an estimated 8,000 spectators.
“Even with 8,000 people, the Commons didn’t feel full,” says Guyer. “It would be amazing to get 10,000 people out for this year’s performance.”
Back to the Garden tells the story of Rodney Benton, a reporter for the New York Times sent to cover the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. While Benton is a fictitious character, he’s loosely based on Barnard Collier, who really was sent to write about Woodstock. And like Collier, Benton is met with resistance from his editors when he tries to publish articles about peace and love.
Photos from the 2012 Columbus Commons event
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