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.

subjectPaul David Young
menacing gentlemanCalvin Trillin
directorPatricia Thornley
assistant directorEve Sussman
cameramanPar Parekh
written by Patricia Thornley, produced by Austin Hughes
vocalsPatricia Thornley/Austin Hughes
resonator,guitarAustin Hughes
harmonicaShaky Dave Pollock
pianoPeter Mattei
drumsKristin Mueller
violinPhilippa Thompson
bassAustin Hughes
chorusPeter Mattei, Kristin Mueller,
Patty Hughes, Philippa Thompson