Mon, January 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM


La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Trinity Church Wall Street.
At La MaMa

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. Written by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins, p r i s m 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.

Composer Ellen Reid
Librettist Roxie Perkins
Director James Darrah
Music Director Julian Wachner

Assistant Music Director Daniela Candillari
Choreographer & Assistant Director Chris Emile
Scenic Designer Adam Rigg
Costume Designer Molly Irelan
Lighting Designer Pablo Santiago-Brandwein
Sound Designer Garth MacAleavey


La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

66 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003


Featured Recordings

  • Angel’s Bone
  • Anthracite Fields
  • bespoke: NOW Commissions for Chamber Orchestra
  • Julian Wachner: Symphony No. 1
  • Oceanic Verses
  • The Hubble Cantata

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