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GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY

Newman Theater

September 11 - December 23

Estimated Run Time 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

North American Premiere

Written and Directed by Conor McPherson
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan

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A RAVISHING PRODUCTION! BOB DYLAN’s songs have never sounded so HEARTBREAKINGLY PERSONAL & UNIVERSAL.  AS CLOSE AS MORTALS COME TO HEAVEN ON EARTH.  – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Read the full review from The New York Times.

Following a critically acclaimed sold-out run at London’s Old Vic and a West End transfer, the “astonishing” (The Guardian) new show from Olivier winner and Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson (The WeirShining CityThe Seafarer) and music icon Bob Dylan will make its American premiere.

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, 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.

Todd Almond

Todd Almond

Jeannette Bayardelle

Jeannette Bayardelle

Stephen Bogardus

Stephen Bogardus

Sydney James Harcourt

Sydney James Harcourt

Matthew Frederick Harris

Matthew Frederick Harris

Caitlin Houlahan

Caitlin Houlahan

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Marc Kudisch

Marc Kudisch

Luba Mason

Luba Mason

Ben Mayne

Ben Mayne

Tom Nelis

Tom Nelis

David Pittu

David Pittu

Colton Ryan

Colton Ryan

John Schiappa

John Schiappa

Kimber Sprawl

Kimber Sprawl

Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern

Chelsea Lee Williams

Chelsea Lee Williams

Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham

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Featuring Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Stephen Bogardus, Sydney James Harcourt, Matthew Frederick Harris, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Ben Mayne, Tom Nelis, David Pittu, Colton Ryan, John Schiappa, Kimber Sprawl, Rachel Stern, Chelsea Lee Williams, and Mare Winningham

Additional Music Credits:

All music written by Bob Dylan

"Hurricane" written by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy

"Duquesne Whistle" written by Bob Dylan with Robert Hunter


Scenic & Costume Designer: Rae Smith
Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson
Sound Designer: Simon Baker
Orchestrator, Arranger & Music Supervisor: Simon Hale
Additional Arrangement by Simon Hale and Conor McPherson
Movement Director: Lucy Hind
Fight Director: UnkleDave's Fight-House
Music Coordinator: Dean Sharenow
Music Director: Marco Paguia
Production Stage Manager: Arthur Gaffin
Stage Manager: Jeff Brancato


PRODUCTION NOTE
Production is expected to include strobes, flashes of light, bursts of sound, and live gunshots. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

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play_circle_outline Caitlin Houlahan and Colton Ryan sing Bob Dylans I Want You from Conor McPhersons GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY. Arranged by Simon Hale.
play_circle_outline The cast of Conor McPhersons GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY sings Bob Dylans Slow Train and License to Kill during a vocal rehearsal at The Public. Arranged by Simon Hale.
Plunder My Songbook, Bob Dylan Said. So He Did.
New York Times, September 11, 2018
Conor McPherson on Bob Dylan and Why All Plays Aspire to Be Music
Variety, October 2, 2018

Girl From the North Country

You can still ride the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad today! Here’s drone footage that’s definitely probably almost certainly not from 1934.

18 July

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A depiction of St. Christopher, patron saint of safe travels, whose likeness is pressed into Elizabeth’s medal.  

Source: Lucas van Leyden, 1494-1533. (circa 1521). St. Christopher, S. Christophe.

18 July

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Here’s a clip for It Happened One Night, a classic romcom fresh out of the Great Depression (and one of Marianne’s favorites)! 

18 July

#girl from the north country #digiturgy #old movies #romcom #clark gable #claudette colbert

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Consider the fact that Marianne grew up in an all-white household as a Black girl in Minnesota– what kind of confusion and tensions could have arisen from this for her, like her being intentionally homeschooled? Here’s a piece that takes a look at Black homeschooling in Baltimore to get you to think about the different things Marianne might have learned in different home environments.  

Photo: Allison Zaucha 

18 July

#girl from the north country #digiturgy #black #homeschool #baltimore

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Joe Scott takes the reins singing the famous Dylan protest song “Hurricane” in Girl from the North Country, a song which tells the story of the famous boxer Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter. Carter had been wrongly convicted of murder and jailed for 19 years before the charges against him were dismissed. Read about the life of the man who said, “They can incarcerate my body but never my mind,” here or in his autobiography (whose foreword was written by Nelson Mandela!).

Photo: https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/Carter/360958/ 

18 July

#girl from the north country #digiturgy #bob dylan #hurricane #incarceration

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The 1920 lynching of Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, and Elias Clayton in Duluth is part of the United States’ unsettling history of violence against Black people and informs the worldview of every character in Girl from the North Country– read this article to learn how the lynching impacts the lives of two Americans who visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice together and are descendants of the men killed and the mob who killed them.

Photo: Evan Frost

18 July

#girl from the north country #digiturgy #memorial #race #1920s

Background Image Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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