Yesteryear - A New Musical by David and Lewis Alpaugh | Scene4 Magazine October 2015

While writing a term paper on François Villon, a University of Colorado French major finds himself behind a scaffold where his literary hero has just escaped hanging. François has three days to get out of Paris, during which he befriends the student, answering his questions with a tragicomic flair that rockets the life and times of France’s greatest medieval poet into the 21st century. The student introduces the poet to something called “pot” (as well as “The American Dream”) and finds himself participating in a burglary; a visit to the court of the wealthiest man in France; and incarceration in an underground prison. Along the way, our Colorado Yankee in Villon’s Paris (named “Denver” by François) falls for a lovely chanteuse at the poet’s favorite watering hole. The last scene returns “Denver” to 21st century America with some unexpected twists out of The Wizard of Oz.


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David Alpaugh has published poetry, fiction, voice plays, and essays in more than 100 journals. A popular performer at Bay Area poetry
venues, he has taught at the University of California and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. His honors include Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation fellowships; prizes for his plays from the University of California; and the Nicholas Roerich poetry prize from Story Line Press.
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Lewis Alpaugh has performed in genres that range from country and bluegrass to jazz and traditional Celtic music. His compositions have been performed and recorded by a variety of artists from Irish flautist, James Galway, to Nova Scotia’s Rankin Family, Florida’s Nature Coast
Concert Band, and the San Francisco Bay Area’s Lowell Trio. He has
co-authored a popular collection of Acadian folk songs and hosts the syndicated radio show, “Backroads” which features country and traditional music and interviews with well-known artists.


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