A new musical celebrating the true story of a Colorado woman the world wasn’t ready for.
Around 100 years ago near Greeley, Colorado, frontierswoman Kate Slaughterback fought tooth, nail and rifle to save her son, killing 140 rattlesnakes in one quick-thinking and courageous battle.
After the infamous showdown, “Rattlesnake Kate” became a global sensation. But her battles were far from over: To find a love that would last. To be treated as an equal. To forge a future for herself and for other women like her.
Discover the inspirational true story that is larger than life and stranger than fiction in this vibrant new musical by Neyla Pekarek (former member of the Grammy-nominated folk-rock band The Lumineers) and playwright Karen Hartman.
About the Artists
2019-20 Guggenheim Fellow Karen Hartman writes about humans in the crosshairs of history, including her recent musical collaboration Alice Bliss, based on a contemporary wartime coming-of-age novel. Aurora native Neyla Pekarek is a cellist and classically-trained vocalist who toured and recorded with The Lumineers for 8 years. In January 2019, she released her debut solo album, Rattlesnake, which this musical is based on.