"A Star Has Burnt My Eye"

Photo: Marina McClure

Photo: Marina McClure

An original play with music featuring the songs and letters of the obscure American singer, guitarist, and composer Connie Converse (1924-?).


"The mystery of American composer Connie Converse's disappearance in 1974 is ongoing, and she may be lost forever.  But her spectacular music has been rescued and elevated to a marvelous level -- first by the music engineer Gene Deitch who recorded her in his kitchen in the 1950s, and very recently by Howard Fishman in a terrific evening in New York. 

These are great songs with unusual diversity, and the sweet and bluesey and classical voices with Fishman bringthem vividly back to us.  It's a great performance, and it demands more for Connie Converse -- concerts, a Broadway show, a film musical. Her music belongs to an America that barely knows it exists.  It's time for someone to rectify this historical neglect of a remarkable artist of the song."

- William Kennedy, Pulitzer-prize winning author of Ironweed

A New York Times CRITICS' PICK

photos: Marina McClure

"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

"Deeply affecting."

- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL