Don’t Cry For Me, the second in a series of multi-media works entitled THIS IS US, looks at the lives of three Americans with working-class origins and careers in the performing and dramatic arts.
Each section of the project begins with documentary interviews, followed by an interim songwriting period. The subject then appears in a staged landscape with supporting characters, performing crewmembers, rough props and effects—video records the slow construction of a mythical portrait tracked to a song inspired by the interview.
The subject for the third section, Paul David Young, playwright/performance critic, is interviewed in his New York City studio, and then featured in a performance in a Brooklyn courtyard.
|subject||Paul David Young|
|menacing gentleman||Calvin Trillin|
|assistant director||Eve Sussman|
|written by Patricia Thornley, produced by Austin Hughes|
|vocals||Patricia Thornley/Austin Hughes|
|harmonica||Shaky Dave Pollock|
|chorus||Peter Mattei, Kristin Mueller,|
Patty Hughes, Philippa Thompson