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A Star Has Burnt My Eye

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

Earlier Event: February 25
Comfort Dogs: Live from the Pink House
Later Event: April 24
Big Green Theater