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On polymathic songwriter Connie Converse.
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Wednesday November 09, 2016
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WORLD PREMIERE
A Star Has Burnt My Eye
Nov 9—Nov 12, 2016
 
Theater | Music

Written by Howard Fishman
Music and lyrics by Connie Converse
Directed and choreographed by Paul Lazar

 
 

In 1961, the polymathic songwriter Connie Converse grew disillusioned with music and New York, packed her bags for Ann Arbor, and eventually disappeared. Her home recordings from the 50s have only recently come to light—vulnerable, literary songs about loneliness, sexual longing, and bad credit—but they were unclassifiable at the time and she vanished without an audience or album to her name.

In this new play by songwriter and guitarist Howard Fishman, four musicians in a Brooklyn living room prepare for a concert of Converse’s music, rehearsing her songs, reflecting over lyrics, and pondering what it meant, and still means, to be an outsider artist. A treasure trove of recently discovered artifacts—personal letters, diary entries, poems, along with first-person recollections—come to life alongside intimate performances on guitar, piano, and accordion, in tribute to this enigmatic songstress whose fate still eludes.

 

Dramaturgy by James Harrison Monaco
Set and costume design by Christopher Heilman
Lighting design by Megan Lang and Megan Estes

 
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1hr 35min
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