KING OF THE HOBOS

an american folk-rock musical

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Abigail Taylor-Sansom (Director/Script Development)

Abigail is a director, writer, and actor.  She has been involved with King of the Hobos since its inception. Recent projects include: the Off-Broadway production of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Lucy/White Witch), the short film Don't Call Us (We'll Call You) (writer), and a concert reading of Guinevere at Theater for the New City (playwright). Diploma in drama, UNCSA.  B.A. in dramatic art, UNC Chapel Hill. www.abigailtaylorsansom.com.

Jara Jones (Composer/Lyricist/Librettist/Performer)

Off-Broadway: Piggy Nation; The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.  Along with King of the Hobos, he is also an award-winning solo performance artist.  His prior semi-autobiographical show Ghost on a Stick opened in 2013 to critical acclaim. Graduate of the University of Southern California: BA Theatre.

July 27th, 1930. On this night, a charismatic hobo named Gilly tricks a passel of strangers into attending an impromptu funeral for a prominent activist and hobo icon, James Eads How (1874-1930). A real-life heir to a wealthy St. Louis family, How lived as a hobo to bring awareness and help to homeless migrant workers, inspiring a legacy of advocacy as the founder of hobo colleges, unions, news and other groups.  Performed by actor/singer/songwriter Jara Jones on a homemade cigar-box guitar in an immersive setting, King of the Hobos examines hobo culture as well as Depression-era hardships and social ideals that still resonate throughout our nation today.

Becky J. Doster (Production Stage Manager)

Becky is a stage manager based in the greater New York City area. She is thrilled to be joining this production of King of the Hobos. NYC credits include: Balladeers Play to the Moon (Joe’s Pub), The Gallery Players, Metropolitan Playhouse, New York Classical Theatre, Untitled Theatre Co. #61. Regional Credits include: Cooking with the Calamari Sisters (Regional Tour), The Theatre at Monmouth (ME), Meadow Brook Theatre (MI). Becky holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Northern Michigan University.

Rockford Sansom (Voice & Dialect Coach)

Rockford has taught voice, speech, and singing at universities worldwide, and served as a communication development trainer, working with Fortune 500 executives and United Nations officials.  He holds degrees from Capella (PhD), Central Florida (MFA), and West Florida, and he has teacher certifications from Estill (Master Teacher), Knight-Thompson, and Fitzmaurice voice programs, and others. Member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, NATS.