In "The Longest Night", Bradley Greenwald celebrates winter, the holidays and "hell-idays", seasonal affective disorder, friends, family, Christians and Pagans with pianist Sonja Thompson. Rodgers & Hart, Leonard Cohen, Purcell, J. S. Bach and Sting, Peter Mayer, Dar Williams and more get their songs sung, with a little Margaret Atwood, Joseph Campbell, and Ogden Nash thrown in for good measure.
Celebrating the longest night of the year goes back to Stonehenge and Machu Picchu, Roman Saturnalia and the Viking Yule, and its traditions defined when, and how, Christians celebrate Christmas. Bradley celebrates winter, the holiday blues, excess, and the soul's need for rebirth in an eclectic program of text and music as kaleidoscopic as the season. Open Eye welcomes Bradley to the stage with this evening of his favorite music and poems embracing the longest night when we long for the sun.