Prospect Theater Company presents the world premiere of the new bluegrass musical Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, with book, music, and lyrics by Peter Mills. Cara Reichel directs.
The work is adapted by Mills and Reichel from J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, and re-set in the wilds of 1930's Appalachia. On the run and desperate, outlaw Clayton Monroe appears one evening at the door of fiesty Maggie McFarland and her father J.M., a moonshiner. J.M. hires Clay to protect his daughter from the revenuers, as well as her overly attentive fiancee, Luther, and the conniving neighbor, Hazel. Left alone together, spitfire Maggie softens, and Clay begins to see himself through her eyes, becoming the "golden boy" she has always envisioned would find her. This tale of an unlikely hero, a backwoods romance, and a slapdash murder make for a darkly comic and truly American story of self-discovery.