Music, Lyrics and Book
From the novel THE WIND by Dorothy Scarborough
Copyright 1925 by Dorothy Scarborough,
Copyright renewed 1953 by Mary McDaniel Parker
Courtesy of the University of Texas Press
"This last, controversial, novel, in which a gentle heroine is driven insane by the incessant wind and drought-plagued frontier environment.."
- Texas Online
A New Musical
“How could a frail, sensitive woman fight the wind that wailed to her across the waste places in the night”
THE WIND by Dorothy Scarborough. Almost 100 years after it’s first publication comes a new, solo musical based on this work and it’s subsequent 1928 film starring the great Lillian Gish.
THE WIND tells the story of Letty Mason, a young girl from Virginia who is forced to pick up her life and move to the unknown territory of West Texas in the 1880’s. There she encounters hardships both physical and emotional, but her greatest foe is the wind itself which drives her to examine the past. With a score that ranges from modern musical theatre expressionism to old hymns of the 19th century, this one woman reimagining by David Nehls (Composer/Lyricist - I’ll Be Home For Christmas, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Mommie Dearest, A Piano And Me) explores Letty’s descent into madness and promises to be an evening of gothic suspense.