Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Kick Off PROTOTYPE: OPERA/THEATRE/NOW, Now thru Jan 19

Beth MorrisON PROJECTS and HERE have announced the full lineup for the second annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, running today, January 8-19, 2014 at five venues across New York City: Baruch Performing Arts Center, HERE, Joe's Pub, Roulette, and Trinity Wall Street.

Described by New York Magazine as "Contemporary mini music drama impresarios," Kristin Marting (of HERE), Beth Morrison (of BMP), and Kim Whitener (of HERE), follow up PROTOTYPE's smash inaugural success with seven fresh local, national and international presentations, providing further exciting evidence of "the rise of small-scale, more experimental presentations of opera." (NPR's Deceptive Cadence)

The 2014 Festival features a BMP and HERE co-production world premiere of vibrant composer Kamala Sankaram and acclaimed playwright/librettist Susan Yankowitz's new opera-theatre work, Thumbprint, presented at the Baruch Performing Arts Center; the American premiere of Operomanija's Have A Good Day!, a Lithuanian opera by composer Lina Lapelyté and librettist Vaiva Granyt, presented at HERE; the New York premiere of Urban Arias' production of Gregory Spears and Kathryn Walat's chamber opera Paul's Case, presented at HERE; the New York premiere of Beth Morrison Projects' production of Visitations: Theotokia and The War Reporter by composer/researcher Jonathan Berger and librettist/playwright Dan O'Brien, presented at Roulette; multimedia concerts from Sky-Pony, a Brooklyn-based theatrical rock band collaboration between singer Lauren Worsham and musician/writer Kyle Jarrow presented at HERE; a work-in-progress concert of Angel's Bone, a one-act chamber opera with music by Shanghai-born, New York-based composer Du Yun and libretto by librettist Royce Vavrek, presented in partnership with Trinity Wall Street; and a co-presentation with Joe's Pub of Elizaveta, an LA-based singer-song writer melding opera, pop, jazz, and soul.

The full Festival calendar, credits, personnel, synopses, libretti, images, videos, biographies, and more can be found at http://prototypefestival.org.

THE LINEUP

Box office and ticket information including "PROTO pack" Festival passes and group sales can be found at:
http://prototypefestival.org/about/tickets.

THUMBPRINT
(WORLD PREMIERE)

January 10 & 12 and 14-18 I 7:00 pm I January 11 at 4:00 pm
Tickets $25 ($16.30 & $15 through PROTO pack)

An illiterate woman is gang-raped as retribution for an 'honor crime' her brother allegedly committed. She doesn't surrender. She becomes the first woman in Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. Her name is Mukhtar. With a score influenced by traditional Hindustani and Western classical music, Thumbprint, the contemporary opera-theatre work by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz, follows Mukhtar's human rights crusade along a road she must walk and pave at the same time. Through acts of courage that astonish even her, Mukhtar is transformed, and so is the world that watches.

Composed by and featuring Kamala Sankaram; Libretto by Susan Yankowitz; Music Direction by Steven Osgood; Directed by Rachel Dickstein. World premiere co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Co-presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center. Baruch Performing Arts Center I 90 Minutes.




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