Francis Jue and Justin Anthony Long Set for ALT's WHY IS EARTHA KITT TRYING TO KILL ME? Reading Today
American Lyric Theater presents the first public libretto reading for the 2013-2014 season as part of its popular series, The Living Libretto, at the National Opera Center today, October 16th, 2013. Featuring guest actors from the Broadway and off-Broadway stage, each event is the culminating reading of an extensive libretto workshop conducted for new operas being written by ALT Resident Artists under the auspices of the company's Composer Librettist Development Program.
The reading of Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? by librettist David Johnston and composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith will be directed by ALT's Producing Artistic Director, Lawrence Edelson, and will feature Francis Jue and Justin Anthony Long. Following the reading, there will be an open discussion with the artists about the work-in-progress. A wine and cheese reception with Mr. Johnston, Mr. Smith, and the featured actors will precede the event.
Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? is a new one-act opera by composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith and librettist David Johnston, based on Johnston's one-act comic monodrama about a mysterious - and unlikely - murder suspect. A tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, join us as we dive into the heart and mind of a man with a singular showbiz obsession as he shares his bizarre confession concerning the fate of a hot young art world star.
The reading is set for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the National Opera Center 330 7th Avenue (7th Floor), New York, NY 10001. Wine & Cheese Reception with librettist David Johnston and composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith. Post-reading discussion moderated by Producing Artistic Director Lawrence Edelson.
RECEPTION AND READING TICKETS: $20 - ADVANCE PURCHASE NECESSARY. For tickets, please visit: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?EID=&showCode=WHY6
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
JEFFREY DENNIS SMITH is a composer, percussionist, and conductor specializing in music and sound for theatre, dance, film, and live performance. He is developing the musical Lightning Man with lyricists Shoshana Greenberg, Katya Stanislavskaya, Janet Allard, and bookwriter Maggie-Kate Coleman. It received a developmental production at the Tisch School of the Arts and will be presented as part of the ANT Festival in 2011 at Ars Nova. Jeffrey is also currently writing an opera with librettist Maggie-Kate Coleman entitled Lost Things. Jeffrey's songs have been performed at NAMT New Works Summit, Laurie Beechman Theater, Project Footlight at Dixon Place, NEO5 at the York Theatre, Goodspeed, and the Daniel Arts Center at Simon's Rock. His dance scores have been heard at the Cool New York 2009 and 2010 Dance Festivals, the 2009 DanceNOW [NYC] Festival, Joyce Soho, Dance Theatre Workshop and Duo Theater. Jeffrey's music for film includes an animation by Tarik Cherkaoui that was presented at the 2010 Williamsburg International Film Festival and the Electric Pear Production's Synthesia in 2010 at The Wild Project. He wrote incidental music and songs for Lucilla's Story: A Play for Gabriel Mistral, which was produced at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. His piece Tiger Dance for marimba soloist and percussion ensemble will be performed at the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. As a percussionist, Jeffrey has performed with the Chicago-based performance group, Sonic Inertia, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Hampshire Music Festival, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. He was also the first place winner of the 1996 Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra. Jeffrey was a Visiting Guest Artist in percussion at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2001, and is s a graduate of the Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program (MFA), Northwestern University (MM) and the University of Northern Iowa (BM). He has been a Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater since the fall of 2011, and is currently collaborating with David Johnston on Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? at ALT.