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Steering Committee 


Jenny Sullivan, Chair
Theatre Director
Sherman Oaks, California


Steve Binder
Emmy Award-Winning
TV Producer/Director
Oxnard, California


Claire Bowman
Rubicon Theatre Board Member
Fort Collins, Colorado


Karyl Lynn Burns
Producing Artistic Director
Rubicon Theatre
Ventura, California 


David Comden
Publisher, Southland Publishing, Inc.
Pasadena and Ventura, California


Ivor Davis
Ventura, California


George Grove
Grammy Award-Winning
Singer/Songwriter, The Kingston Trio
Las Vegas, Nevada


Doug Halter
President and General Contractor,
Halter Landscape
Civic Leader
Ventura, California


Polly Hoganson
Music Producer, Ones to Watch Productions/
The Santa Barbara Music Foundation
Santa Barbara, CA


Julie Larson
Entertainment Professional
Manager, Skeeziks, LLC (Rent)
Los Angeles, California


Amanda McBroom
Golden Globe Award-Winning Songwriter
Ojai, California


James O’Neil
Director/Rubicon Co-Founder
Ventura, California 


Matty Park
Community Activist/Businesswoman
Ventura, California


Liz Stookey Sunde 
Producer, Music2Life 
Wilder, Vermont


Noel Paul Stookey
Grammy Award-Winning
Singer/Songwriter of Peter, Paul and Mary
Blue Hill, Maine


Dan Wheetman
Tony Nominated Composer
Musician, Marley’s Ghost
Seattle, Washington


Peter Yarrow
Grammy Award-Winning
Singer/Songwriter of Peter, Paul and Mary
New York, New York

Music – joyful, evocative and pervasive – infuses our daily lives.  But how well do we understand its power to foster a more inclusive, just and compassionate world?


We all have a sense of music’s historical presence in moments of social change, particularly the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. Has the organizing power of music endured in today’s fractured and multimedia environment? And, if so, to what end? What is the future of music that moves hearts and minds to action?


Rubicon Theatre, our region’s internationally recognized non-profit theatre company, is pleased to partner with Music2Life and host Grammy Award-winner Noel Paul Stookey of folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary to explore these questions through a weeklong series of concerts, workshops, master classes and other events.


Please join us May 8 through 13 in Ventura, California for this for this coming together of multiple generations of artists in an exploration of the scope and influence of music in times of social, political and economic change. 



INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICING (Tickets will go on sale exclusively for Rubicon Subscibers begining April 3 and on April 10 for the general public.)

The Folk-Rock Project (New Work Presentation): $20

Master Class (Observers Only): $20

Concert with Top 10 Songwriting Contest Winners  and Final Awards Announcement: $20

Open Mic Pub: $15 (includes beverage voucher)

Peter and Paul in Concert: $75

Music for Changing Times Benefit Concert: $150



SERIES PASS: $225 (a savings of $75) Admission to all events.


PATRON PASS: $500 (Tax-deductible contribution of $200, patron seating with early admission, a listing in the program, one complimentary beverage for each event, and a commemorative signed poster) 


PLEASE NOTE: Series and Patron Passes must be purchased directly through the Box Office (805) 667-2900. Hours: Monday through Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm. 



Mon., May 8 at 7:00 / Tues., May 9 at 2:00 & 7:00  
First Reading of a New Musical Play-in-Progress 

Created by George Grove, James O’Neil and Dan Wheetman
Directed by James O’Neil
Musical Direction by Dan Wheetman

Starring The Lonesome Travelers (Justine Bennett, Nicholas Mongiardo Cooper, Sylvie Davidson, Justin Flagg, Brendan Willing James, Anthony Manough, Jennifer Leigh Warren, and Trevor Wheetman).


When 60’s folk icon, Bob Dylan went electric at Newport in ’65, the world of popular music changed for good. A new genre, quickly dubbed “Folk-Rock,” was born. Join us for as we develop a new concert experience -- an event that promises to be both entertaining and provocative, featuring the music of Peter, Paul and Mary; Joni Mitchell; Judy Collins; The Eagles; James Taylor; Crosby, Still and Nash; Simon and Garfunkel; and many others. 


Sponsored by Barbara Meister as Part of the Meister Musical Theatre Fund at Rubicon



Wed., May 10, 1:00 to 5:00  

A group of prominent composers and lyricists with deep roots in songwriting and social change music offer a live coaching session to emerging artists ages 18-38.  Artists will benefit from first-hand knowledge of what it means to write songs that reflect current events and inspire change. Selected young artists (as identified through our Songwriting Competition) will perform their original songs and receive feedback related to the quality and clarity of the composition, and the craft and power of their message. Contest applicants, aspiring artists and interested community members are welcome to join as observers.   



Thurs., May 11, at 7:00 
Finalists in our Songwriting Competition, ages 18-38, will perform their winning songs for audiences and a panel of esteemed music professionals. Each artist receives comments from the judges, and at the end of the evening, first, second and third place winners will receive a total of $10,000 cash awards to further their music-driven social change projects. Join us downstairs at the “pub” after the show for open mic night.  



Thurs., May 11, at 9:30 

After the Awards Ceremony and presentation, come downstairs to our pub to congratulate the winners, relax and unwind over a glass of locally made wine or craft beer. If you have a song you want to share, check in with our stage manager to sign up to perform at the open mic. Who knows who will be listening? The price includes one complimentary beverage. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase.


Fri., May 12, at 7:00
Five-time Grammy Award-winners Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey take audiences on a musical journey back and forth in time, from their role on the front lines of the American Civil Rights Movement in Washington D.C. and Selma, to their present work with organizations like Peter’s anti-bullying organization Operation Respect. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to look back at landmark moments in history and music and experience the profound artistry of these two heroic artists.



Sat., May 13,  at 7:00
Can music change history, or is music a reflection of changing times? The week culminates with a landmark event bringing together multiple generations of artists to raise consciousness and pass the torch. Through the prism of music, multimedia and narrative, we will look at the intersection between music and issues of equality, peace and the environment. Performers include Noel Stookey, Peter Yarrow, winners of the songwriting competition, and others to be announced, with a rousing number by Jason Robert Brown performed by the Rubicon Harmonix and a local youth chorus. 


Proceeds benefit Music2Life (M2L), a non-profit creative consulting group that builds activism through music. M2L builds the long-term impact of music for change by supporting activist artists and partnering with socially conscious organizations in creating cause-music driven events and programs that energize people who are driving social, economic and environmental health, justice and equality for all.