The scent of boiling cane, a magical night, love at risk in the Jim Crow South. Red Devil Moon is a forthcoming musical, written by Kent County artists. Now the creators and a troupe of Eastern Shore musicians and singers will bring their performance featuring music and narration from the forthcoming musical to New York City

Just as Hamilton captures the story of our nation’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, using hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and more musical styles to bring history to life, so too does Red Devil Moon which leads the audience to the Great Migration, the time in American history when the agonies of life for Blacks in the South created a mass movement to the North, and hopefully better lives.

The story, based on the modernist 1923 novel, Cane, by Harlem Renaissance writer, Jean Toomer, unfolds in the sugar cane fields and shantytowns of rural Georgia. The book by Robert Earl Price and the score by Pam Ortiz embrace the action of the characters as they realize their need to get away.

The concert version of this project has been performed at Chestertown’s Garfield Center for the Arts to sold-out crowds, and Baltimore’s Walters Art Gallery Theatre as a special show produced by the Public Justice Center. The creative minds behind this hit show are also working with nonprofit organizations and foundations to make the musical accessible to as many students as possible, along with developing educational materials to expand on the context of the show, a tale evocative of the paintings of Jacob Lawrence which illustrate the story of the Great Migration.

Now, it’s time to take it to the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), held August 12-28 so that a larger audience will appreciate the creativity and talent that Kent County can bring to the Big Apple, and participate in the exploration of this poignant and dynamic chapter of American history.

The performance will feature local artists Sombarkin (Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett Jr. and Jerome McKinney) and the Pam Ortiz Band (Pam and Bob Ortiz, Philip Dutton, Ford Schumann and Nevin Dawson).

How You Can Help. In order to bring the 15-member troupe (including performers and tech crew) to New York for the festival, we need to raise a significant amount of money (about $50,000) to cover festival fees, performance costs and housing and accommodations. The Kent County Arts Council is an official non-profit sponsor for Red Devil Moon’s appearance at FringeNYC.

Help us show New York City what the Eastern Shore can do!
1. Mail a donation payable to “Kent Co. Arts Council – RDM” to:

Kent County Arts Council
PO Box 330, Chestertown, MD 21620

2. Make an online donation with your credit card via Generosity.

3. Attend one of several planned sponsor events, or consider hosting a Red Devil Moon “coffee” or gathering and invite other potential donor/producers. Contact Pam Ortiz at 443-282-8980 for more information.

Kent Co. Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

Want to See the Show? Tickets to festival shows are $18. The exact dates and venue for Red Devil Moon will be announced in late June. Tickets go on sale July 15. To order tickets (recommended), visit