A Star Has Burnt My Eye
March 27 – April 2, 2015
Written by Howard Fishman
Directed by Sarah Hughes
Music & Lyrics by Connie Converse
Howard Fishman, Charlotte Mundy, Liam Robinson & Jean Rohe
Assistant Director: Kate Downey
Dramaturg: James Harrison Monaco
Stage & Production Manager: Nic Adams
Sound Designer: Eva von Schweintz
Set/Costume Designer: Christopher Hellman
Lighting Designer: Megan Lang
Associate Lighting Designer: Megan Estes
Producing Team: Kate Downey, Caroline Gart & Pamela Reichen
It's hard to believe Connie Converse's story isn't more widely known; it's hard to believe her story at all. An obscure musician living in Greenwich Village just before the start of the folk music revival, Connie recorded hours of music and wrote letters that transcend time, then abruptly disappeared in 1974. She left goodbye notes that aren't quite suicide notes, and nobody ever found any trace of her.
Somewhere between a living room and a stage, four musicians prepare for a concert and explore ideas about alienation, failure, genius, and the kinds of connection art allows us. A Star Has Burnt My Eye combines live music composed by Connie Converse, original text by Howard Fishman, and found materials – Connie’s personal letters and journals, previously unheard recordings of her songs, and firsthand recollections from those that knew her – in an attempt to capture what we felt upon hearing Connie Converse for the first time.
A Star Has Burnt My Eye has been previously performed in work-in-progress concert showings at Joe's Pub, Abrons Arts Center, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, as well as at Vox Theater's VoxFest.
This workshop presentation is its New York premiere.
Running time approximately 90 minutes
Friday, March 27th @ 8pm
Sunday, March 29th @ 5pm
Monday, March 30th @ 8pm BENEFIT PERFORMANCE
Tuesday, March 31st @ 8pm
Wednesday, April 1st @ 8pm
Thursday, April 2nd @ 8pm