A “show of charm and polish, heartstring-tugging and hugely likable – Every society needs such do-gooders (Conrack) to come to the rescue, working for the common good with uncommon goodwill.”
– William A. Henry III, Time Magazine
Producing Artistic Director
Quill Entertainment Company
The York Developmental Reading Series
Based on “The Water is Wide” by Pat Conroy
- Music by Lee Pockriss
- Book by Granville Wyche Burgess
- Lyrics by Anne Croswell
- Additional Music by Doug Katsaros
- Additional Lyrics by Granville Wyche Burgess
- Producing Consultant: Jonathan S. Cerullo | JSCTheatricals
- Casting: Geoff Josselson, CSA
- Music Director: Eric Svejcar
- Directed by Stuart Ross
The superintendent of schools in Beaufort, SC, 1960’s, is desperate for anyone to teach school on Yamacraw Island. The school there has been totally neglected by the school system-no books, no blackboard, no attention being paid to the students. In fact, one has to take a boat from the mainland to even reach the island.
Into this hornets’ nest walks Pat Conroy, almost thirty, idealistic the way only a 60’s hippie could be, and recently fired from his twentieth job in five years. He is only too happy to answer the ad for a teacher, especially since Dr. Piedmont informs him that “no experience is exactly what I’m lookin’ for.”
When Conroy meets the children-Cindy Lou, Mary, Prophet, Anna, Top Cat, and Richard-he discovers that they can scarcely read or write, they know little math, and they are wildly undisciplined–but their anger barely conceals their desperate need for a teacher who will actually care. Conroy is determined to be that teacher for them.
Patrick Cassidy as Conrack. Ford’s Theater, Washington, 1992. Photo by Joan Marcus.