Girl of the North Country by Conor McPherson

Table of Contents

Important background 2

The playwright 2

The title 2

Lyrics 3

Bob Dylan 3

McPherson on the origins and production of the musical 4

The Great Depression (1929-1933) 5

Plot 7

Overview 7

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. 7

Character list 8

Important background

The playwright

Conor McPherson was born in Dublin. He attended UCD where he began to write and direct plays for the college drama society. After university he was involved in setting up the Fly By Night Theatre Company in 1992, and this went on to produce many of his early plays.

His numerous awards include a Stewart Parker award, a Meyer Whitworth award, and a George Devine Award (both for St Nicholas, 1997), an Olivier Award for Best Play, the Evening Standard award, and the Critics' Circle Award (all for The Weir, 1999). Shining City was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2006; The Seafarer was nominated for a Tony, Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best Play (2007-8); and the Night Alive was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play and won the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play (2014).

For his film I Went Down, he won the best screenplay award, best new director award and a jury prize at the San Sebastian film festival. His plays have been produced on the West End and Broadway and have been translated into several European languages. His earlier works include Taking Stock (1989), Michelle Pfeiffer (1990) and Scenes Federal (1991).

The title

‘Girl from the North Country’ (occasionally known as ‘Girl of the North Country’) is a song written by Bob Dylan. It was recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City in April 1963, and released the following month as the second track on Dylan's second studio album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

Dylan re-recorded the song as a duet with Johnny Cash in February 1969. That recording became the opening track on Nashville Skyline, Dylan's ninth studio album.

The song ...

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