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Girl From the North Country

A Poetic Journey Onstage

Background and Premiere:

In the summer of 2017, Conor McPherson’s masterpiece, “Girl From the North Country,” received its world premiere at The Old Vic in London. The play is set in Duluth, Minnesota, a place nearly 4,000 miles away from where Bob Dylan grew up. This distance underscores the universality of Dylan’s music, which serves as the heart and soul of the production.

Plot Overview:

  • Setting: The year is 1934, and the Great Depression has cast its shadow over Duluth, Minnesota.

  • Guesthouse: The story unfolds in a guesthouse inhabited by a collection of wayward souls—some passing through, others permanent residents.

  • Characters:

    • Nick Laine, the down-on-his-luck guesthouse proprietor.

    • Elizabeth, Nick’s wife, who grapples with a form of dementia.

    • Gene, Nick’s alcohol-soaked son, struggling to find work.

    • Marianne, Nick’s nineteen-year-old adopted black daughter, who is also pregnant.

    • Supporting Cast:

      • A formerly incarcerated boxer seeking redemption.

      • A suspicious bible-flogging reverend.

      • The Burke family and their feeble-minded son.

      • Mrs. Neilsen, Nick’s not-so-secret lover.

Themes:

  • Desperation: The Depression has taken its toll on those residing in the guesthouse, leading them to desperate measures.

  • Struggles: Nick grapples with Elizabeth’s condition and Gene’s joblessness.

  • Individual Journeys: Each character seeks their own way out of this real-life purgatory, navigating love, loss, and survival.

Bob Dylan’s Music:

  • Unique Showcase: “Girl From the North Country” is more than a typical jukebox musical. It’s a play with music, where Dylan’s greatest hits are uniquely woven into the narrative.

  • Emotional Connection: The ensemble cast, including standout performances by Mare Winningham and Jeanette Bayardelle, brings emotional depth to the production.

  • Songs Reimagined: Twenty legendary Dylan songs, including “Forever Young,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Hurricane,” “Slow Train Coming,” and “Like A Rolling Stone,” are reimagined in ways you’ve never heard before.

Broadway and Beyond:

  • The play officially opened at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway on February 7, 2020.

  • Since then, it has captivated both Bob Dylan aficionados and keen theatregoers alike.

Whether you’re drawn to the haunting melodies or the poignant storytelling, “Girl From the North Country” invites you to experience the intersection of music, memory, and the human spirit. 🎭🎶


Remember, in this poetic journey, every note carries a piece of our collective history. 🌟

Event Details

Girl From the Old Country

Event Venue: Emerson Colonial Theatre
Event Location: 106 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Event Date(s): Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - Saturday, March 13, 2024
Event Time: Please see ticket link for available show times

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Girl From the Old Country