New Playhouse Production announced

Posted on: 14th September 2010

Kind Hearts and Gentle People - the life of Stephen Collins Foster

The Playhouse has announced it has commissioned a new play based on the life of Stephen Collins Foster- the 'father of American popular song'!

Regarded as America's first professional song-writer, Stephen Collins Foster is one of Derry/ Londonderry's forgotten famous sons. His grandfather emigrated from Derry in the 18th century.

Stephen Foster went on to write some of America's earliest and most famous songs - such as "Oh! Susanna", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "Hard Times Come Again No More", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful Dreamer" - remain popular over 150 years after their composition.

This exciting new play, which will feature a number of Foster's songs, is being written by local Playwright Peter McDonald [The Green Room, Five Years Time] and will be directed by Anne McMaster [Sad Silence of Snow, Noir].

The play will be performed next April and the Playhouse will be holding auditions for various parts later this year.

The play's producer Martin McDonald said: "We are absolutely delighted to announce this brand new Playhouse production. Stephen Collins Foster is a fascinating character to study, he was an immensely talented musician, and we really wanted to tap into the fact that his grandfather, Alexander Foster, emigrated from Derry in 1735."

"He is an important part of the history of this city, and we are keen to celebrate this connection."

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