The making of a play

You Don’t Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbookis one of several musicals appearing recently in our area in this commemorative year that would have been the songwriter’s 100th birthday. Created by Fairfield’s own Jeff Harrison, this show is a beautiful, comprehensive story of Walker’s life and career told through narrative, drama and song. When it was suggested about a year ago by Trinity Star Arts Council that Harrison help produce a tribute to Cindy Walker, it was discovered that there was no existing packaged syndicated show to purchase or lease. No plays about Cindy Walker had been written and published. Director George Boyd suggested Harrison create one himself. Harrison recalls, “George asked me to go ahead with the project on a Friday; by the next Monday I had submitted a tentative script for consideration. It was a go! Honestly, Cindy actually wrote her own life story in various interviews over the years. She was a private person, granting few interviews, but the stories that she shared defined the various phases of her career. My job was to digest these stories, place them in chronological order, then write out the imagined interactions she had in the important people and events she had described. When I was done and had paired the songs with their respective eras, we had a play!” And an amateur playwright was born.

 

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