By Stanford Friedman
As Leonard Cohen once famously sang, “There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” The playwright/songwriter/actor Grace McLean takes these words to heart in her compelling new musical, In the Green. Inspired by the medieval story of Hildegard von Bingen, a child tithed by her family to the Catholic Church who spent decades in isolation and then, centuries later, was proclaimed a saint, McLean deconstructs Hildegard’s path from darkness into light, while exploring the connection between the spiritual mind and the physical body.
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In the Green – by Grace McLean, directed by Lee Sunday Evans
WITH: Rachael Duddy (Clementia/Volmar/Hildegard), Ashley Pérez Flanagan (Marie, Hildegard’s mother, Hildegard, Marchioness), Hannah Whitney (Osanna, Hildegard), Grace McLean (Jutta) and Mia Pak (Shadow, Sigewize).
Sets by Kristen Robinson, costumes by Oana Botez, lighting design by Barbara Samuels, sound design by Nicholas Pope, orchestrations by McLean and music supervisor Kris Kukul. Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3 at the Claire Tow Theater, 150 West 65th St., https://www.lct.org/shows/green/, 212-239-6200. Through August 4. Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.