Music KEERIL MAKAN
Libretto JAY SCHEIB after the film by Ingmar Bergman
Direction JAY SCHEIB
Music Direction EVAN ZIPORYN
Scenic Design CALEB WERTENBAKER
Video & Lighting Design JOSH HIGGASON
Costume Design OANA BOTEZ
PERSONA is a provocative, highly cerebral, and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty, and identity. Composed by Rome Prize Winner, Keeril Makan with libretto and direction by Jay Scheib, who was named by American Theater Magazine as one of the “top 25 directors likely to shape American performance over the next twenty-five years. ”
Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and National Sawdust. Developed by Beth Morrison Projects in partnership with MIT. Additional funding by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works and the MIT School for Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (SHASS), the MIT Music & Theater Arts Section (MTA), and the MIT Center for Art, Science, & Technology (CAST). Premiered at National Sawdust.
PRESS & ACCLAIM
"Hauntingly insidious, pulling the listener inexorably into this vampire-like romance"
-The Wall Street Journal
"Makan sets the text with striking sensitivity to when a moment demands conversational naturalness or supple lyricism... (his) acute ear for harmony and eerie textures draw you in continually."
-The New York Times
"A brilliant new opera"
-Björk, in Sinfini Music Magazine