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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Girl from the North Country by Conor McPherson, with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan. In Girl from the North Country, Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into a show full of hope, heartbreak and soul. It premiered at the Old Vic, London, in July 2017, in a production directed by McPherson.
“Bob Dylan’s back catalogue is used to glorious effect in Conor McPherson’s astonishing cross-section of hope and stoic suffering… It is the constant dialogue between the drama and the songs that makes this show exceptional.”
Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge. Lost and lonely people huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind, and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no one will account for. So when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback turn up in the middle of the night, things spiral beyond the point of no return…
“Beguiling and soulful and quietly, exquisitely, heartbreaking. A very special piece of theatre.”
Conor McPherson is an award-winning Irish playwright. His best-known works include The Weir (Royal Court; winner of the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play), Dublin Carol (Atlantic Theater Company) and The Seafarer (National Theatre).
Bob Dylan, born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1941, is one of the most important songwriters of our time. Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. He released his thirty-ninth studio album, Triplicate, in April 2017, and continues to tour worldwide.
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Girl from the North Country
By Conor McPherson
With music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
Other titles by Conor McPherson, available from TCG:
The Night Alive and Other Plays
The Weir and Other Plays