1971. A man falls in love with a woman. He woos her. She leaves her husband to be with him. They escape on the road to discover America. It all goes to shit. He tries to win her back. He may or may not succeed.
Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Next Year employs a common approach to adaptation: it looks at a tale that has multiple sources and synthesizes the story’s divergent branches into one performance piece. The material, though, isn’t legend or history or myth; instead, it’s an album: Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks.” Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Next Year merges the hundreds of divergent versions of “Tangled Up In Blue” and the album’s 9 other songs into one narrative telling the same story 10 different ways.
In the style of William Carlos Williams’ “13 Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird,” Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Next Year is 10 (or more?) ways of looking at a breakup. While the 10 different songs on the album all tell different stories, the emotional project of each is the same: a poetic meditation on the possibility (and impossibility) of human connection in a time of sadness.