Orpheo McCord and Mitchell Yoshida of the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are teaming up with theater collective Nineties and Touki Delphine for an international music-theater show in Amsterdam this week celebrating the life of the American-Western icon, Billy the Kid.“Billy the Kid, a post-truth concert in court” runs from July 11-19, at the Museum ‘t Kromhout (Kruithuisstraat 25, 1018 WJ Amsterdam), with a total of 10 shows.
“Billy gallops through many films, songs, biographies, and even scientific research,” writes Nineties Productions on its Facebook page. “Was he a hero or a murderer? Still nobody really knows who he was, who his consorts were, how many lives he took, why and how he met his own end, or the extent to which his whole story is a myth. Society’s image of Billy the Kid has outgrown the realities of the historical figure, and with that, he has outgrown the truth. Perhaps what we want him to be is more important than what he really was?”
Nineties Productions, in co-production with Touki Delphine, researches the concept of truth in what it calls the “post-truth era.”
“Twitter and facts are equally truthful, myths have become the truth and the truth is constantly mythologized. Not only Billy, but the truth itself will be put to trial.”