Fri, January 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Prototype: Acquanetta

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center

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. The festival is the only of its kind in New York City - presenting both complete performances as well as works-in-progress through partnerships with local performing arts venues.

In the new opera Acquanetta, the spirit of 1940s horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the genre that explores how vision relates to identity. Characters include the mad scientist Doctor, the insistent Ape, the reluctant Brainy Woman, the visionary Director and the beautiful Acquanetta, aka Mildred Davenport, an actress who disguised her identity. Acquanetta examines the ways the movie camera manipulates how we see and are seen. In soaring, sometimes comic and always indelible songs that capture the heightened drama of horror films, these vivid characters reveal their inner longings and emotional shadows in what is ultimately a haunting meditation on the meaning of identity, transformation, stereotypes and typecasting, set in the heyday of Hollywood gloss.

Composer Michael Gordon
Librettist Deborah Artman
Director Daniel Fish
Conductor Daniela Candillari
Scenic Designers Jim Findlay & Amy Rubin
Video Designer Josh Higgason
Lighting Designer Xavier Pierce

With Bang on a Can

Acquanetta Mikaela Bennett
Brainy Woman Amelia Watkins
Ape Eliza Bagg
Doctor Timur
Director Matt Boehler
Chorus Members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street

Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Bang on a Can and Trinity Church Wall Street (Julian Wachner, Director of Music and the Arts).


Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center

29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


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