Win Tickets ($30): The Devil and Billy Markham | Shel Silverstein’s Epic One Man Play

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see The Devil and Billy Markham on Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6 or Saturday, April 13, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 5.

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April 5 & 6 @ Grater Art Gallery & Wine Bar @ 8 p.m.
April 13 @ Bar XV @ 8 p.m.
$12 advance | $15 door | 21+
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Shel Silverstein’s The Devil and Billy Markham, which first appeared as a six-part epic poem in the January 1979 edition of Playboy magazine and subsequently as a one-act play at Lincoln Center in 1989, tells the story of Billy Markham, an unforgettable character who never met a bet he didn’t take, including that of his very own soul. Billy journeys from Nashville’s Music Row down into the fiery pits of hell and back again as he matches wits with God, the Devil and everyone in between. For Mature Audiences.

Reviews for The Devil And Billy Markham

“Weston has a very strong presence and a grip on the story and its telling that grabs us by the throat and won’t let go. The weight of this grand struggle for a man’s eternal soul is embodied in the actor’s movements, in his harsh and whiskey-soaked voice, and in the urgency of his telling. “The Devil and Billy Markham” is a fine piece of solo performance work. Weston is talented and accomplished and he owns this story in the way any great storyteller must own his story. I walked out of this little feeling like I had to find somebody and tell them about this guy I met in the bar, this guy who had the most incredible story about another guy who lost his life on a roll of the dice, and who regained his soul in the depths of Hell. If you’re in Portland, or if Jonah Weston is back in town, make a point of seeing this show. It’s a story you won’t forget.” – Jerry Kraft, SeattleActor

“The primary challenge of a one-man play is keeping the characters distinct. Playing God, the Devil, and a sleazy hustler is no easy feat. Fortunately, Mr. Weston pulled it off brilliantly. Never did I have even a moment’s confusion as to which character he was voicing. I could have closed my eyes and still known exactly who was speaking. Of course, that would have been a shame, as I would have missed Mr. Weston’s expressive visual cues. If you missed The Devil and Billy Markham, or saw it and wish to again, there’s a good chance it will return to Seattle in the not-so-distant future. It was a fantastic show, and anyone who can should see it.” – Oren Ashankazi, CultureMob

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35 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): The Devil and Billy Markham | Shel Silverstein’s Epic One Man Play

  1. Cassia April 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Awesome! Would be so fun!

  2. miniman April 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I found this playboy in a neighbor’s house when I was about 10 (the father had _years_ of playboys proudly shelved everywhere) and actually read it for this poem

  3. Bill W. April 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I’ll be one epic man if I win the tickets.

  4. Kirstin Floyd April 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I am interested in winning tickets for this show!

  5. Christi April 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Who wouldn’t want to see this raucous play, about a songwriter and his dealings with the Devil and God, and told in a series of stories rhymed in couplets? Sounds like a great time. Winning these tickets would be utterly epic!

  6. Matthew Duenas April 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I will bring my Shel Silverstein tattoo.

  7. Edward Levesque April 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I’m No Playboy but I’ll BET this will be a good time.

  8. Bonnie Harvey April 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    I grew up reading his poems and can still recite many of them easily. My mind brings them up without warning- hook should be careful when picking his nose, Little Peggy Ann Mckay cannot go to school today, and there’s a place where the sidewalk ends.

  9. Emma April 4, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    I love Shel! Pick me :)

  10. Sam April 4, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    It would be amazing to win tickets to this

  11. Nathan April 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    This looks fun!

  12. Tim April 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Culture. But in a ribald manner.

  13. Leila April 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Shel Silverstein’s writing helped me get hooked on reading at an early age. Would love to see this play

  14. Tammy April 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I’ve only read this fabulous play, but it would amazing to be able to see it live! Please choose me. :-)

  15. Alex April 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    because it would be lovely

  16. Jennifer Hiner April 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    My husband’s birthday is Saturday. He and I are both Silverstein fans! I would love to be able to take him to see the show!

  17. Brian April 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Oh my god this is my favorite poem ever!

  18. kristin April 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Very intrigued by this would love to win and I’m poor.

  19. Kai April 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I would LOVE to see this for my anniversary!

  20. Jamie April 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I love Shel Silvertstein. I love plays. I’ve never seen a one man play, and this sounds like the one to change that. Pick me!

  21. Danielle April 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    I need a break from the children for an hour or two, me and my man haven’t had a date in years, a refreshing outing for us to see such an entertaining performance is just what the Dr ordered.

  22. Dayan April 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    “Then, arm in arm, Billy Markham and the Devil walk out through Linebaugh’s door,
    Leavin’ Billy’s old beat-up guitar there on the floor. And if you go into Linebaugh’s now, you can see it there today”

    This is one of my all time favorite poems!!! I would love to see it performed!

  23. Mort April 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    This would be totally sweet to see.

  24. Ralph April 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    How can it be a one man play if it is The Devil & Billy Markham?

  25. heather April 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Oh gee It’s up to my knee. Oh my,. It’s up to my thigh.

  26. Jace April 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Where the Sidewalk Ends was my favorite book growing up. :)

  27. Elisa Joy April 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    We were going skiing,
    but the weather’s turned to hell,
    so there’s nothing we’d like more
    than to spend the night with Shel.

  28. katie April 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    pick me! pick me! pleeeeease! pick me!!!!!

  29. Leonard April 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Love all things Shel

  30. Emma Miles April 9, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Saw this show last Saturday. Don’t miss it!!!! Would love to take friends to see it again.

  31. Josie Curtis April 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    I met Shel Silverstein on Martha’s Vineyard when I was 12, and was by far the most starstruck I’ve ever been, still to this day. I would love to win tickets to this show to see this rendition of his work! Also because I tried to just buy them and the link isn’t working, so…

  32. Jonah Weston April 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Link has been fixed!

  33. steadygull April 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    One man awesome more like it!

  34. TKS April 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Love love love Shel Silversteen! Can’t imagine anyone better to write a one-man. :)

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