John McCutcheon Show June 19, 7 p.m.

McCutcheon’s One-man Musical Play Portrays Labor Activist and Singer Joe Hill.

Tickets Available at the Door! 

On June 19, John McCutcheon will perform Joe Hill’s Last Will, the first performance of this kind in Richmond.  The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the VCU Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.

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Joe Hill’s Last Will is a one-man musical play that tells the life story of the iconic labor leader and songwriter, as he awaits execution in a Utah prison.  Songwriter and labor historian Si Kahn created the play based largely on Hill’s own words, using all of Hill’s music.

Multi-Grammy nominee and folk music legend John McCutcheon is the perfect performer to portray Hill.  His skilled acting, his rich voice, and stellar instrumental skills bring the issues of labor, immigration, workers’ rights, the death penalty and war from the annals of 1915 to the headlines of 2014.  It’s a story that America has been wrestling with for 100 years now.

The scene is a simple jail cell, with a bed, a chair, and a window. From there, with a compelling script, a handful of great songs, and a guitar, Joe Hill’s Last Will takes the audience on an inspiring ride through a world of change.

John McCutcheon has visited Richmond in support of the Peace Center for many years as a master musician and storyteller.

Tickets for Joe Hill’s Last Will are $25, or $10 for students.  Blocks of four tickets can be purchased for $90.  Tickets are available at

Proceeds will benefit the Richmond Peace Education Center.

The play ‘uses the last hours of the itinerant labor songwriter Joe Hill’s life to tell us his story, share his comical and majestic songs, and introduce us all to the world of workers and unions in the beginning of the 20th century.'”

For more information: or 804-232-1002.

For more about John McCutcheon, visit his website,