THE 2019-2020 SEASON CALENDAR

September 4-14, 2019

TEATRO MUNICIPAL, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

Music by Ellen Reid | Libretto by Roxie Perkins | Directed by James Darrah | Conducted by Roberto Minczuk

Locked away in a sterile room, a sickly child Bibi and her doting mother Lumee are each other’s sole protectors from the unknown. When a mysterious illness lurking outside their door leaves Bibi unable to walk, her youthful curiosity begins to simmer and a seductive external existence can no longer be ignored. p r i s m, the Pulitzer Prize winning opera by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins, is a haunting, kaleidoscopic work of opera-theatre that traverses the elasticity of memory after trauma. 

September 27-28, 2019

KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHAMPAIGN/URBANA

Created by Geoff Sobelle | Scenic Design by Steven Dufala | Directed by Lee Sunday Evans | Original Songs by Elvis Perkins

​HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

October 19, 2019

ARIZONE STATE UNIVERSITY GAMMAGE, TEMPE, AZ

Created by Geoff Sobelle | Scenic Design by Steven Dufala | Directed by Lee Sunday Evans | Original Songs by Elvis Perkins

​HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

October 19-20, 2019

BEIJING MUSIC FESTIVAL

Music by Du Yun | Libretto by Royce Vavrek | Directed by Michael Joseph McQuilken | Conducted by Julian Wachner

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status. Mr. and Mrs. X.E. bring the angels into their home and set out to nurse them back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails…then lock them in the root cellar and decide that this is their chance to be wealthy and legendary.

November 1-2, 2019

MOSS ARTS CENTER, VIRGINA TECH, BLACKSBURG, VA

Created by Geoff Sobelle | Scenic Design by Steven Dufala | Directed by Lee Sunday Evans | Original Songs by Elvis Perkins

​HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

December 17-31, 2019

THEATRE DES CELESTINS, LYON, FRANCE

Created by Geoff Sobelle | Scenic Design by Steven Dufala | Directed by Lee Sunday Evans | Original Songs by Elvis Perkins

​HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

January 9-17, 2020

BLOOD MOON (WORLD PREMIERE)

BARUCH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, NEW YORK CITY

Music by Garrett Fisher | Libretto by Ellen McLaughlin | Directed by Rachel Dickstein | Music Directed by Steven Osgood

Blood Moon is taut, poetic, opera-theatre for three characters who encounter each other on the night of a full moon: a nephew who returns to the mountain top where he left his aunt to die forty years earlier, the ghost of the aunt he abandoned, and the moon that presides over this night of reckoning as it did the night of her death. Inspired by the Noh play Obasute, the piece is a meditation on the end of life, the nature of joy, regret, and whether atonement is possible.

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January 10-11, 2020

GERALD W LYNCH THEATER AT JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, NEW YORK CITY

Composed, created, and performed by Jeremy Schonfeld | Directed by Kevin Newbury | Music Direction and Arrangements by David Bloom

A searing rock-opera, Iron & Coal zeros in on the relationship between a father and son in the shadow of the Holocaust. Taking inspiration from his father, an Auschwitz survivor, composer Jeremy Schonfeld weaves together his personal experiences with excerpts from his father’s memoir “Absence of Closure.” The ghosts of a vanished world mix with the present, brought to life through animation, a rock band, an orchestra, and multigenerational choruses, to celebrate the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.

January 14-19, 2020

Music by Ricky Ian Gordon  | Poetry by Frank Bidart | Directed by Emma Griffin | Music Directed by Lidiya Yankovskaya

Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, Ellen West is a remarkable new opera that explores the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body, her relationship with food, and the world closing in around her. Poet Frank Bidart and composer Ricky Ian Gordon examine the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, “Ellen West.” Bidart’s poem, which serves as the primary source for the opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s journals, which shine light on her deeply personal struggles.
 

March 4-8, 2020

THE BROAD STAGE, LOS ANGELES

Created by Geoff Sobelle | Scenic Design by Steven Dufala | Directed by Lee Sunday Evans | Original Songs by Elvis Perkins

​HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

March 13-14, 2020

SAN DIEGO OPERA

Music by Paola Prestini | Libretto and Performed by Rinde Eckert | Directed and Co-Scenic Designed by Julian Crouch

Aging Magician is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, Aging Magician moves us along with Harold from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man’s vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage.

March 13-14, 2020

TERRACE THEATER, THE KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON DC

Music by Ellen Reid | Libretto by Roxie Perkins | Directed by James Darrah | Music Directed by Julian Wachner

Locked away in a sterile room, a sickly child Bibi and her doting mother Lumee are each other’s sole protectors from the unknown. When a mysterious illness lurking outside their door leaves Bibi unable to walk, her youthful curiosity begins to simmer and a seductive external existence can no longer be ignored. p r i s m, the Pulitzer Prize winning opera by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins, is a haunting, kaleidoscopic work of opera-theatre that traverses the elasticity of memory after trauma. 

March 19-20, 2020

CAROLINA PERFORMING ARTS, UNC CHAPEL HILL

Created by Geoff Sobelle | Scenic Design by Steven Dufala | Directed by Lee Sunday Evans | Original Songs by Elvis Perkins

​HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

March 24, 2020

LA PHIL, WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

Music by Ted Hearne | Libretto by Saul Williams | Directed by Patricia McGregor | Scenic design by Sanford Biggers and Tim Brown

Part meditation, part confrontation, PLACE examines the complex consequences of a rupture in the place we call home. Boundaries crossed within a young family mirror the fault lines that are exposed when the desire for expansion by some causes displacement for others. Where will the impulse to claim our space lead us next; what is left to colonize and at what cost?

April 2-4, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Created by Geoff Sobelle | Scenic Design by Steven Dufala | Directed by Lee Sunday Evans | Original Songs by Elvis Perkins

HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

May 1-3, 2020

LA OPERA, THE BROAD STAGE

Music by Du Yun | Libretto by Royce Vavrek | Directed by Michael Joseph McQuilken | Conducted by Julian Wachner

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status. Mr. and Mrs. X.E. bring the angels into their home and set out to nurse them back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails…then lock them in the root cellar and decide that this is their chance to be wealthy and legendary.

CHICAGO OPERA THEATER, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO

Music and Libretto by David T Little | Film by Bill Morrison | Directed by Ashley Tata | Conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya | Featuring Nathan Gunn

Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and film footage by Bill Morrison to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.

May 27, 2020

NATIONAL SAWDUST, BROOKLYN

Composed, created, and performed by Jodie Landau | Production Design by Peabody Southwell | Choreography by Stephanie Zaletel

We continuously construct and curate our lives, our relationships, and ourselves, by choice or by circumstance. We weave the stories given to us, those we gather, and those we choose to retell, to form a sense of identity.  In identifying ourselves and each other we look to codify and define, and in such things we find both comfort and tribulations, as well as opportunity and limitations. We all jump to conclusions about gender and sexuality in others; what does it look like when those assumptions are challenged?

June 2020

HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Writer, Composer, & Performer Joseph Keckler

Joseph Keckler and an intimate musical ensemble lead the audience through a series of vignettes, each like a stop on a late-night train-- from Paris to Hamburg, Michigan to Times Square and the symbolic space of The Crossroads, a place of danger and possibility. The text dances between comedy, commentary and communion, while the score features smoky pop songs, propulsive invocations, and leaps into the operatic.

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