Roulette to Present VISITATIONS: THEOTOKIA AND THE WAR REPORTER, 1/11-13
Roulette Presents: Visitations: Theotokia and The War Reporter Featuring New York Polyphony, JACK Quartet and Mellissa Hughes Directed by Rinde Eckert January 11 - 13, 2014, 8pm
Composed by Jonathan Berger Libretto by Dan O'Brien Music Direction by Christopher Rountree Directed by Rinde Eckert Video Design by Mark De Chiazza.
Gradual and insidious, auditory hallucinations warp minds with "loud thoughts," that often deceive, derange, and force sufferers into a world of crippling paranoia. Visitations, the New York premiere of the double-bill, semi-staged multi-media concert of one-act chamber operas by composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Dan O'Brien unravels the phenomenon. In Theotokia, penetrate the consciousness of a man who, assailed by hallucinatory voices, is taunted and seduced by the mother of God. Uncover the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning combat journalist Paul Watson in The War Reporter, where he seeks to stifle the haunting voice of an American soldier whose corpse he photographed in the streets of Mogadishu. A Post-Show Conversation will follow the January 12 performance.
Visitations was commissioned by and premiered at Stanford Live in April 2013 in a Beth Morrison Projects production. Co-presented by Roulette.
About Roulette Roulette - one of New York City's premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years - has reopened bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City - if not the country - to experience adventurous music and art.