THE WEDDING NIGHT
In a small Bohemian village in the 1850s, the gravedigger’s daughter longs for her fiancé’s return from the army, as she sews the wedding shirt for their long-delayed nuptials. Assuming he is dead, her father reminds her that when death comes, life goes on – as his life did when her mother died in childbirth. The girl prays to Mother Mary for her soldier’s return, vowing that she will do anything, if they can reunite. Her wish is granted in ways she never imagined, when she is swept into the night by her fiancé, who has found a way for them to be together at last.
book Jana Hejduková
music Stephen Coleman • lyrics Keith Dale Gordon
based on the poem THE WEDDING SHIRT by Karel Jaromir Erben
from his collection of poems “Kytice” (A Bouquet of Czech Folktales)
• selected Pick of the Fringe
• nominated for Outstanding Songwriting