September 21 - September 22, 2011
A NEW MUSIC THEATRE PIECE ABOUT LIFE DURING THE CIVIL WAR
Ricky Ian Gordon, composer
Mark Campbell, lyrics and concept
Kevin Newbury, director
Rob Fisher, musical director
Ricky Ian Gordon & Bruce Coughlin, orchestrators
Robert Wierzel, lighting designer
Wendall Harrington, scenery and projection designer
Edward L. Ayers, creative advisor
Co-commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Opera, the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, and Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
Presented in partnership with the Harry Ransom Center and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
This moving new music theater work was co-commissioned by Texas Performing Arts to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Renowned composer Ricky Ian Gordon (creator of the Obie Award-winning Orpheus and Euridice and the acclaimed opera Grapes of Wrath) has composed music for 20 songs with stories and words created by celebrated librettist/lyricist Mark Stephen Campbell ( Volpone, Later Same Evening, and Songs from an Unmade Bed). Drawn from diaries, letters, and personal accounts, this fictional song cycle explores war’s impact, from secession to defeat, on a community of Virginians—black and white, rich and poor, soldiers, nurses, widows, and survivors.
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