REVIEWS
THE STORY AND THE SONGS
A TRIBUTE TO PAT CONROY
ABOUT WRITER GRANVILLE BURGESS

A "show of charm and polish, heartstring-tugging and hugely likable - Every society needs such do-gooders (Conrack) to come to the rescue, working for the common good with uncommon goodwill."
- William A. Henry III, Time Magazine

York Theatre Company, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street)
February 27 @ 7 pm & February 28 @ 3 pm

Reservations: www.yorktheatre.org

Cast at the February 2016 reading at the York Theatre, NYC

Cast of the February 2016 reading at the York Theatre, NYC

James Morgan
Producing Artistic Director
and
Quill Entertainment Company
Present
The York Developmental Reading Series



(Based on "The Water is Wide" by Pat Conroy)

Music by Lee Pockriss

Book by Granville Wyche Burgess

Lyrics by Anne Croswell

Additional Music by Doug Katsaros

Additional Lyrics by Granville Wyche Burgess

Producing Consultant: Jonathan S. Cerullo | JSCTheatricals

Casting: Geoff Josselson, CSA

Music Director: Eric Svejcar

Directed by Stuart Ross



Patrick Cassidy as Conrack, Ford's Theater, Washington, 1992. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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The superintendent of schools in Beaufort, SC, 1960's, is desperate for anyone to teach school on Yamacraw Island. The school there has been totally neglected by the school system-no books, no blackboard, no attention being paid to the students. In fact, one has to take a boat from the mainland to even reach the island.

Into this hornets' nest walks Pat Conroy, almost thirty, idealistic the way only a 60's hippie could be, and recently fired from his twentieth job in five years. He is only too happy to answer the ad for a teacher, especially since Dr. Piedmont informs him that "no experience is exactly what I'm lookin' for."

When Conroy meets the children-Cindy Lou, Mary, Prophet, Anna, Top Cat, and Richard-he discovers that they can scarcely read or write, they know little math, and they are wildly undisciplined--but their anger barely conceals their desperate need for a teacher who will actually care. Conroy is determined to be that teacher for them.




REVIEWS
THE STORY AND THE SONGS
A TRIBUTE TO PAT CONROY
ABOUT WRITER GRANVILLE BURGESS