A new play by Conor McPherson that brings to life the tales of a local community on the brink of change in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Duluth, Minnesota in 1934, featuring the music of Dylan's iconic songbook.
From the producers: Music icon Bob Dylan’s inimitable songbook is authentically transformed into this achingly beautiful story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934. Named “one of the greatest playwrights working today” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Conor McPherson has created a new show, weaving the music of our greatest poet-singer-songwriter into a piercing drama about home, heart, and the searching determination of the American soul.
Audience Note: This production is expected to include strobes, flashes of light, bursts of sound, and live gunshots.
Irish playwright Conor McPherson's plays have often attracted positive reviews, and have been performed internationally. His works include "The Weir," "Port Authority," "The Veil," "The Seafarer" and "Shining City," which was nominated for two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Play. "Girl from the North Country," where the dramatic action is broken up by 20 songs by Bob Dylan, opened in London's The Old Vic in 2017. The project began when Dylan's office approached McPherson and suggested creating a play using Dylan songs. Here's a trailer from the London production:
The cast includes Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Stephen Bogardus, Sydney James Harcourt, Matthew Frederick Harris, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Tom Nelis, David Pittu, Colton Ryan, John Schiappa, Rachel Stern, Kimber Sprawl, Chelsea Lee Williams and Tony nominee Mare Winningham. McPherson also directs the production.
What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line and current Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton") and has 54 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.