NYU/tisch OPERA LAB SPRING 2019
the NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and the school of design for stage and film, The New School's College of Performing Arts, american opera projects, and the stonewall inn present
The Stonewall Operas
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, four world premiere 30-minute operas written and composed by alums of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, examine the impact of this historic turning point in LGBTQ equality. Some of the works are set on the night of the Stonewall uprising; others focus on Stonewall’s impact on societies as disparate as contemporary Ukraine and a post-apocalyptic 2418.
Music by TJ Rubin
Libretto by Deepali Gupta
Directed by Nina Fry
On June 28, 1969, a jazz quartet finish a gig at the Village Vanguard and embark on an odyssey around the corner to arrive at Stonewall Inn. In a sonic landscape awash with Lynchian blue notes and surreal motives, four musicians strive for self-acceptance among the dissonance.
The Pomada Inn
Music by Brian Cavanagh-Strong
Libretto by Ben Bonnema
Directed by Sam Helfrich
2019. In Kiev, Igor wants to go to the bathhouse but Alek fears a police raid; in New York, Holly and Tara don't have to worry about such things. The Pomada Inn throws these couples together across time and space to explore the global legacy of Stonewall and the work that still needs to be done.
Music by Bryan Blaskie
Libretto by Seth Christenfeld
Directed by Francisco Rodriguez
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, in another bar somewhere else in the Village, a young man struggles with a pair of intertwined decisions: how to live as his authentic self and whether or not to go outside and join a revolution that has been drawing ever closer.
Music by Kevin Cummines
Libretto by Shoshana Greenberg
Directed by I-Chen Wang
It's 400 years in the future, and humanity has rebuilt itself after an apocalyptic event that sent the survivors into another dark age. The only artifact they have from the previous civilization is a book on the history of the Stonewall Uprising. A madcap dystopian comedy that asks, what happens when a society is built on the story of Stonewall and what happens when someone wants to deviate from the norms?
Randall Eng founded and leads the NYU/Tisch Opera Lab with Sam Helfrich. Under their guidance, students from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program have created more than 30 short operas. As a composer, Randall's music lies at the intersection of opera, music-theatre, and jazz. His operas Florida, Before the Night Sky, and Henry's Wife have been performed at UrbanArias, Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera's VOX Festival, American Opera Projects, Town Hall, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Center for Contemporary Opera, and Manhattan School of Music. His choral work Remain (a setting of an immigration rights pamphlet) premiered in 2018 by the MasterVoices Chorus. Other dramatic works include The Dangers of Electric Lighting (Luna Stage), Usher, Falling (Opera Vindaloo Festival), and the video opera The Woman in the Green Coat (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); non-theatrical works include commissions for Albany Symphony Orchestra's Dogs of Desire, Mirror Visions Ensemble, and Composer's Voice. Randall is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and NYU/Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where he is now an Associate Arts Professor.
Sam Helfrich is an Associate Arts Professor and head of Dramaturgy in the department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU. In addition to his participation in the NYU/Tisch Opera Lab at Tisch School of the Arts, Sam Helfrich has directed opera productions at New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Spoleto Festival/USA, Virginia Opera, Opera Boston, Pittsburgh Opera, and Wolf Trap, among others. Recent opera highlights include the world premiere of Permadeath, a video game opera, with White Snake Productions at the Majestic Theater in Boston, the world premiere of Jeffrey Smith's Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me at Urban Arias in Washington DC, Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Indianapolis Symphony, a staging of Haydn's Creation with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York premiere of Angels in America at New York City Opera, the world premiere of Dan Sonenberg's The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera, Bach's St. John Passion with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and more. Recent theater credits include Arthur Miller's After The Fall at NYU/Tisch Grad Acting, off-Broadway productions of Owned, a world premiere play by Julian Sheppard, and Tape, by Stephen Belber, both of which played to wide audience- and critical acclaim, and a double bill of plays by Shaw and De Musset at the Franklin Stage Company. Helfrich holds a BA (Russian Literature) and a MFA (Theatre Arts), Columbia University.
Saturday, May 18 | 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Shubert Theatre at NYU - 721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Sunday, May 19 | 7:00 PM and Monday, May 20 | 8:00 PM
The Stonewall Inn - 53 Christopher Street, Upstairs, New York, NY 10014
Errin Duane Brooks, Brandon Coleman, Sara Couden, Amy Justman, Kathryn Krasovec, Jordan Rutter, Hans Tashjian, Clayton Williams
Kelly Horsted and Jillian Zack
Marisa Kaugars, Lina Younes, Mamoon Tebbo, Aoshuang Zhang
Stine Bauger Dahlman, Heather Freedman, Rebecca S. Kanach
Chris D'Angelo, Tyler Dubuc, Hamilton Guillén
W. Wilson Jones
Advanced Opera Lab led by
Randall Eng, Associate Arts Professor of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program
Sam Helfrich, Associate Arts Professor of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Design for Stage & Film
Designed by students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Design for Stage & Film
Directed by students from The New School's College of Performing Arts
A collaborative project of NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Department of Design for Stage and Film, and Department of Dance; The New School's College of Performing Arts; American Opera Projects and the Stonewall Inn; co-sponsored by the NYU Grey Art Gallery.
AOP's training programs are supported in part through a multi-year grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and OPERA America’s Innovation Grant funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.