By Howard Fishman
Directed by Sarah Hughes
Music & Lyrics by Connie Converse
Presented at The Brick, March-April 2015
With Howard Fishman, Charlotte Mundy, Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe
"...incredible, as was she; the show had me transfixed, joyful, and grateful. It reminded me, yet again, of what art is for."
–The New Yorker
Hear Sarah’s work on A Star Has Burnt My Eye mentioned in The Quickening, a podcast by softfocus (00:27:30).
An obscure musician living in Greenwich Village just before the start of the folk music revival, Connie Converse 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. 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 exploration of failure, genius, and the connection we make through art.
Assistant Director Kate Downey
Dramaturg James Harrison Monaco
Stage & Production Manager Nic Adams
Sound & Video Designer Eva von Schweinitz
Set & Costume Designer Christopher Hellman
Co-Lighting Designers Megan Lang and Megan Dallas Estes
Producing Team Kate Downey, Caroline Gart and Pamela Reichen
A Star Has Burnt My Eye had its workshop premiere at The Brick in March-April 2015, directed by Sarah Hughes. The show had previously been developed in July 2014 at Vox Theater's VoxFest at Dartmouth College, also directed by Sarah Hughes. Prior to that the show was performed as a documentary concert tribute at The Public Theater's Joe’s Pub in July 2011, featuring the performers Howard Fishman, Russell Farhang, Anastasia Barzee, Charlotte Mundy, Susan Oetgen, Jean Rohe, and Rob Adkins, with subsequent performances programmed at Abrons Arts Center, The Rattlestick Theater, and again at Joe’s Pub.