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About The Bridge

The Backstory (Producer’s Note)

Brothers Maxfield
Maxfield Bros upon a velvet couch, c., 2013

Since I was a kid, I’ve loved the moment when the lights dim before a show begins, whether I’m in the audience or on stage. When I’ve been on stage, it has often been with my brother Stuart—first in some terrible concerts by our preteen bands (let’s not go there) and later in better performances by better bands and projects. We definitely do music in different ways. I’m usually a classical composer and arranger. Stu is usually known as a frontman for Fictionist or as a producer and session musician. But after a decade of doing our own things, we began hunting for a project to do together. And thanks to serendipitous intersections with Glen Nelson and others of the creative team, a collaboration was finally born. Creating The Bridge has been quite an undertaking (careful what you wish for!) and we’re so excited to share it with you.
—Andrew Maxfield, Producer

The Show

The Bridge adds a new installment to the contemporary musical traditions of The Who’s Tommy, Green Day’s American Idiot, and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening. It is a retelling of the classic American short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” written by Ambrose Bierce in 1890, and described in 2005 by Kurt Vonnegut as “… a flawless example of American genius.” The production includes live performance by Stuart Maxfield of Fictionist, augmented by an extended jazz ensemble, vocal ensemble, string quartet, and two actor/dancers. The story is also told with video and brief excerpts from the short story projected behind and around the musicians onstage; otherwise it is without dialogue.

The Story

This is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer who, in the turmoils of the American Civil War, is to be hanged from the Owl Creek Bridge for alleged war crimes.