THE 2015-2016 SEASON CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

VIRGINIA TECH - CENTER FOR THE ARTS (BLACKSBURG, VA)

Music by Darcy James Argue | Visuals by Danijel Zezelj | Scenic and Projection Design by Jim Findlay | Featuring Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Big band jazz punctuated by stunning video animation and live painting, Brooklyn Babylon tells the tale of Lev, a carpenter in a future Brooklyn, tasked with building a carousel to crown the tallest tower in the world. It's an urban fable co-created by acclaimed graphic novelist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj and Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue. The story unfolds wordlessly through the combination of video, live painting, and an original score performed by Argue's 18-piece jazz big band, Secret Society. 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

VIRGINIA TECH - CENTER FOR THE ARTS (BLACKSBURG, VA)

music by DARCY JAMES ARGUE | writing & direction by ISAAC BUTLER | scenic design by MARUTI EVANS | film design by PETER NIGRINI | featuring SECRET SOCIETY

Real Enemies investigates America’s growing fascination with conspiracy theories. On projection surfaces teeming with found footage, live video, and historical texts, the narratives behind the Red Scare, the Illuminati, Edward Snowden, and alien sightings are meticulously examined and interrogated. 

SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2015

BAM NEXTWAVE FESTIVAL (BROOKLYN, NY)

Featuring Timur and the Dime Museum

Los Angeles-based band Timur and the Dime Museum performs a glam-rock requiem for the natural world. Mixing trenchant commentary with arch theatrical flair, COLLAPSE features music by Dime Museum member and composer Daniel Corral—by turns grungy, poppy, and apocalyptic—alongside interactive projections from video artist Jesse Gilbert to consider the fate of a world shuttling from one man-made ecological disaster to the next. 

OCTOBER 1-10, 2015

AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER (BOSTON, MA)

Music and Lyrics by TODD ALMOND | Directed by KEVIN NEWBURY Featuring TODD ALMOND & COURTNEY LOVE

KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY is a theatricalized concept album about love altered by unexpected fate. A mystery told through flashbacks, the show tells the story of two lovers in small town America who separate when one goes in search of her destiny and then disappears. Kansas City Choir Boy is a love song for the computer age and a product of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous “missing.”

OCTOBER 2, 2015

STANFORD LIVE (STANFORD, CA)

music by DARCY JAMES ARGUE | writing & direction by ISAAC BUTLER | featuring SECRET SOCIETY

Real Enemies investigates America’s growing fascination with conspiracy theories. On projection surfaces teeming with found footage, live video, and historical texts, the narratives behind the Red Scare, the Illuminati, Edward Snowden, and alien sightings are meticulously examined and interrogated. 

OCTOBER 8-11, 2015

LA OPERA @ REDCAT (LOS ANGELES, CA)

Composed by Missy Mazzoli | Libretto by Royce Vavrek | Directed by Gia Forakis | Music Direction by Steven Osgood

A multimedia opera that combines live musical performance and original film, this compelling new work was inspired by the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), one of the most remarkable women of her era. 

OCTOBER 15-NOVEMBER 8

CENTER THEATRE GROUP - KDT (LOS ANGELES, CA)

Music and Lyrics by TODD ALMOND | Directed by KEVIN NEWBURY Featuring TODD ALMOND & COURTNEY LOVE

KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY is a theatricalized concept album about love altered by unexpected fate. A mystery told through flashbacks, the show tells the story of two lovers in small town America who separate when one goes in search of her destiny and then disappears. Kansas City Choir Boy is a love song for the computer age and a product of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous “missing.”

 

PREVIEWS: October 15-17

OPENING NIGHT: October 18

OCTOBER 23-24, 2015

NATIONAL SAWDUST (BROOKLYN, NY)

Music by Keeril Makan | Libretto and direction by Jay Scheib | Conducted by Evan Ziporyn

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. ” 

NOVEMBER 13, 2015

KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (URBANA, IL)

Music by Darcy James Argue | Visuals by Danijel Zezelj | Scenic and Projection Design by Jim Findlay | Featuring Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Big band jazz punctuated by stunning video animation and live painting, Brooklyn Babylon tells the tale of Lev, a carpenter in a future Brooklyn, tasked with building a carousel to crown the tallest tower in the world. It's an urban fable co-created by acclaimed graphic novelist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj and Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue. The story unfolds wordlessly through the combination of video, live painting, and an original score performed by Argue's 18-piece jazz big band, Secret Society. 

NOVEMBER 18-22, 2015

BAM NEXTWAVE FESTIVAL (BROOKLYN, NY)

music by DARCY JAMES ARGUE | writing & direction by ISAAC BUTLER | scenic design by MARUTI EVANS | film design by PETER NIGRINI | featuring SECRET SOCIETY

Real Enemies investigates America’s growing fascination with conspiracy theories. On projection surfaces teeming with found footage, live video, and historical texts, the narratives behind the Red Scare, the Illuminati, Edward Snowden, and alien sightings are meticulously examined and interrogated. 

DECEMBER 3, 2015

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM (BOSTON, MA)

PENELOPE is a song cycle by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, with lyrics by playwright Ellen McLaughlin. Inspired by Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey, Penelope is a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home. 

JANUARY 6-17, 2016

NEW YORK CITY

Co-Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE

PROTOTYPE – OPERA/THEATRE/NOW is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. PROTOTYPE is a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, two leaders in the creation and presentation of contemporary, post-classical, multi-disciplinary opera-theatre and music-theatre work. 

JANUARY 6-17, 2016 (PROTOTYPE 2016)

3LD (NEW YORK CITY)

music by DU YUN | libretto by ROYCE VAVREK | directed by MICHAEL McQUILKEN | music direction by JULIAN WACHNER

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 and bring them 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.

JANUARY 9-11 2016 (PROTOTYPE 2016)

SKIRBALL CENTER (NEW YORK CITY)

composed by DAVID T. LITTLE | libretto by ROYCE VAVREK | based on the short story “Dog Days” by JUDY BUDNITZ | directed by ROBERT WOODRUFF | music direction by ALAN PIERSON

DOG DAYS is a work of contemporary music-theatre that incorporates elements of opera, musical theatre, and rock-infused-concert music, to investigate the psychology of a working class American family pitted against a not-so-distant-future wartime scenario. 

FEBRUARY 4, 2016

Created and Composed by Paola Prestini

LABYRINTH is made of two installation concertos that illustrates the living relationship between music and visual art. By incorporating the labyrinth theme with music, visual art/film, and advanced technology, a man and woman’s story through the labyrinth of life is illuminated and the journey is transcendent.

FEBRUARY 28, 2016

MassMOCA (North Adams, MA)

Co-created by composer PAOLA PRESTINI, writer and performer RINDE ECKERT, and director and designer 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. 

MARCH 5-6, 2016

WALKER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (MINNEAPOLIS, MN)

Co-created by composer PAOLA PRESTINI, writer and performer RINDE ECKERT, and director and designer 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. 

APRIL 2, 2016

THE KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (URBANA, ILLINOIS)

Co-created by composer PAOLA PRESTINI, writer and performer RINDE ECKERT, and director and designer 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. 

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APRIL 19, 2016

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL (LOS ANGELES, CA)

Co-Curated by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt

An expansive re-imagining of the traditional art song recital, the 21c Liederabend combines leading contemporary composers and songwriters with cutting-edge multimedia to create an immersive concert experience that explores song for the 21st century. Conducted by John Adams, and featuring works by Adams, Bansal, Cooper, Friedman, Hearne, Little, Prestini and Villarreal.

May 5, 2016

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM (BOSTON, MA)

Music by Keeril Makan | Libretto and direction by Jay Scheib | Conducted by Evan Ziporyn

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.”

JUNE 16-19, 2016

LA OPERA @ REDCAT (LOS ANGELES, CA)

music by DAVID LANG | libretto by MARK DION AND DAVID LANG | directed by BOB McGRATH | conducted by CHRISTOPHER ROUNTREE | scenic design by MARK DION

Based on actual 18th-century texts, Anatomy Theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all.

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