Written and Performed by Randy Rutherford:
Singing at the Edge of the World: What do you do when a wall of silence comes between you and your dreams? As a budding folk musician in '70s Alaska Randy had it all – an adoring girlfriend, a shiny new convertible, and a great gig playing guitar and singing at Anchorage’s Fancy Moose Saloon. Then congenital hearing loss sucked the sound from his world… forever. “Shocking, sad, touching, and surprisingly funny. A must see.” Top Pick - Monday Magazine. “Brilliant, sheer magic.” Best of Fest - Uptown Magazine. (Full reviews)
Brother Sang Like Roy Orbison:
Rutherford recounts his early manhood in the 1960s, cruising town in a red Corvette convertible with his beloved older stepbrother.
Divisive political events transform the nation and their relationship.
"Unforgettable. Any empty seats at this show are a tragedy." London Free Press.
"Gorgeous, truly compelling, effortless ... incredibly complete characters ... His ability to hold the crowd in the palm of his hand should be required viewing for any actor"
Winnipeg Free Press.
"He gives you not only Orbison’s crystal-clear tenor but also ... voice cool and low and as fatherly as a fatherless boy could wish." Orlando Sentinel.
"The 1960s must be the most revisited decade in pop culture, yet Rutherford makes it startlingly fresh. ... relaxed and intimate... peels back layers ... a writer’s eye for telling detail." Victoria Times-Colonist
"A bravura performance... detail is dazzling ... a heartfelt triumph"
"Irresistible... Rutherford recalls the sensation that brings memory alive and, beyond that, makes it visceral." Globe & Mail (Toronto)
In Weaverville Waltz Rutherford chronicles his childhood growing up in a Northern California gold mining town. Randy, a pipsqueak Romeo from the wrong side of the tracks, dreams of romancing the Homecoming Queen while at home he longs to rescue his mother from his jealous, hard-drinking stepfather. "Harrowing and hilarious." Oakland Tribune. "Incredible, marvelous storytelling." Edmonton Sun. "Tender, strong, heartfelt… Weaverville Waltz will sweep you off your cynical feet." Edmonton Journal. "... a fully-textured world and complex characters who will stay with you long after the show is over." Georgia Straight. "Mesmerizing." See Magazine. (Full reviews)
The Guitar Teacher (aka One
Frigid Shiny Knight)
Randy recounts an Arctic Romance. "I idolized my guitar
teacher. I absolutely worshipped the guy. I swear I never would have
made a move on his girlfriend if he hadn't suggested it."
Dance Pants (aka This May Feel A Little Funny), a hilarious romp through California’s colorful alternative life styles, as Randy recalls his exotic encounter with a mysterious Hummingbird woman, a sparkling bit of light. She not only broadens his middle-aged sexual horizons, but convinces him to restore his youthful vigor by submitting to a high colonic cleanse. “A masterful blend of humor, poignancy, and music.” – London Free Press “Engaging, sweetly stirring and genuinely funny” - San Francisco Bay Guardian “Achingly honest.” **** – “Best of Fringe” - See Magazine. “An accomplished storyteller, leaves you wanting more.” - San Francisco Bay Times (More reviews)
The Water is Wide