October 11-13, 2018


Music by Ted Hearne | Libretto by Saul Williams | Directed by Patricia McGregor | Designed by Sanford Biggers

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?

January 6-7, 9-12, 2019


Composed by Ellen Reid | Libretto by Roxie Perkins | Directed by James Darrah | Conducted 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, by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins, is a haunting, kaleidoscopic new work of opera-theatre that traverses the elasticity of memory after trauma. Composer Ellen Reid’s music erupts with color, using choral and orchestral manipulation to deliver an eerily distinct sonic world.

January 5-13, 2019

HERE Arts Center, PROTOTYPE Festival

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.

February 20-21, 2019


Music by Michael Lanci and Emma O'Halloran | Music Direction by David Bloom

BMP: Next Generation is a new initiative to discover the next generation of music-theatre and opera-theatre compositional voices. Dynamic young composers Michael Lanci and Emma O’Halloran were chosen, after a showcase of ten composers in March 2018, to write 30-minute vocal works to premiere in spring 2019. Following the performance, one of these two finalists will receive a commission for a full evening-length operatic work to be developed, premiered, and toured by BMP.

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