This conversation was recorded in early June 2020, in wake of the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We’ve attached links in this video and in its description to point you towards just a few of the many ways you can support Black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of color. We hope to not distract from the important work happening in our world, but ally it with light from artists, and to spread leadership and hope.
Black Lives Matter, www.blacklivesmatter.com
Black Visions Collective, www.blackvisionsmn.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, www.naacpldf.org
American Civil Liberties Union, www.action.aclu.org/give/now
National Resource List, www.linktr.ee/NationalResourcesList
Recorded on June 12, 2020
We sat down with the Conor McPherson (Director/Writer) and Simon Hale (Orchestration, Arrangements, and Music Direction) from Broadway’s Girl From North Country to ask how McPherson blew up the traditional musical form (with the help of Hale) to create this Bob Dylan music inspired force of nature of production.
#COLLABORATION, The Drama League’s new series of conversations that provide a window into the partnership process between a director and a playwright, designer, producer, or actor. In each episode, artists will discuss their journey together on a project and their relationship as collaborators. The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning collaborators from around the world.
The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can help! Donate here: www.dramaleague.org/ghostlight
If you’re a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here: www.dramaleague.org/covidresources/covid19resources
Learn more about Conor McPherson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0574217/
Learn more about Simon Hale: https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/simon-hale-454222
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