Why I Chose

Why I Chose This Play

I loved co-creating this show with Tobin Stokes in 2016—and was
extremely proud—and moved—by the result. Given its enormous
popularity, we have always planned to revive it at some point—and
seven years between productions seemed like a long enough wait.

I wish I could say that I chose it because of Joni Mitchell’s recent return to the concert stage—along with the Gershwin Prize for Songwriting she received—but that was an extremely happy accident—! Happiest of all because Joni’s health is so improved—and a new chapter in her career is unfolding—!

I am thrilled that the Belfry is helping to celebrate “Joni’s renaissance”—!

—Michael Shamata, Artistic Director