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Book: When the Promise Was Broken
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|When the Promise Was Broken: Short Plays Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, edited by Joan Herrington, contains:
Smith and Kraus. Softcover, 178pp.
- "Drive all Night" by Steven Dietz
- "Bloody River" by Elaine Romero [inspired by "American Skin (41 Shots)"]
- "I'm on Fire" by Gregory Moss
- "Glad for the Company" by Dipika Guha [inspired by "Streets of Philadelphia"]
- "Merry-Go-Round Man" by Edward Baker [inspired by "Cover Me"]
- "The Stray" by Scott Barsotti [inspired by "Highway Patrolman"]
- "Object Permanence" by Jennifer Blackmer [inspired by "Terry's Song"]
- "Gospel Hour" by Dan and Drew Caffrey [inspired by "State Trooper"]
- "Valhalla Correctional" by Peter Ullian [inspired by "We Take Care of Our Own"]
- "Pick Up Beds" by K Frithjof Peterson [inspired by "When You're Alone"]
- "Birthday Wishes" by Nikkole Salter [inspired by "Secret Garden"]
- "Growin' Up, or, I was a Teenage Bruce Springsteen!" by Steve Feffer
"When the Promise Was Broken is a remarkable collection built around an inspired notion -- pull together a diverse group of first rate American playwrights to write original pieces inspired by the work of one of this nation's indispensable songwriters. The result: a rich and vital body of work that plumbs the depths of the American psyche with all its heartache, striving, passion, loneliness and ultimately, hope."
--CARLOS MURILLO, Head of Playwriting, The Theatre School of DePaul University
"Throughout history, music has been so deeply embedded in theater that the distinction may be more illusion than reality -- which is to say that there's something almost inevitable (and at the same time strikingly original) about this book of plays based on Springsteen's music."
--CRAIG WERNER, Author of A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America
"The songs of Bruce Springsteen are fertile ground, rich with drama -- whole worlds packed into three-minute records. These thirteen playwrights have managed some inspired unpacking: expanding, imagining, re-imagining and conceiving characters ready to take one moment into their hands."
--CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, Editor of Backstreets