January 15, 2013 – January 16, 2013 | $15
Paola Prestini specializes in works that transcend disciplinary boundaries. In Aging Magician, presented as a work in progress at PROTOTYPE, Julian Crouch, Paola Prestini and Rinde Eckert create an integrated tale spun from musings on life and death, failed and imagined loves, and attempts at greatness. Through these discoveries an aging magician is placed on the boat ride of his life.
A workshop presentation of a new music-theatre work, AGING MAGICIAN is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, Aging Magician moves us along with Harold from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man's vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage. This work features vocalist Rinde Eckert, a musical set by Mark Stewart, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. A co-presentation with the Park Avenue Armory.
January 12, 2014 – January 15, 2014 | $15 ($10 & $9 with PROTO PACK)
Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status and bring them into their home and set out to nurse them back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails ... then lock them in the root cellar and decide that this is their chance to be wealthy and legendary. The story is told through Royce Vavrek's riveting libretto and Du Yun’s eclectic music: part chamber music, theatre, pop music, opera, cabaret, and involving visual arts and noise, forming a harmonious and moving piece.
At Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006.
January 10, 2013 – January 13, 2013 | $20
33 1/3 Collective's Bluebeard was first viewed by PROTOTYPE producers at Operadagen Rotterdam. As PROTOTYPE's first International work, Bluebeard (Zwolle, Netherlands), will make its North American Premiere in a co-presentation with 3LD Art & Technology Center. The basics of a classical theatrical setup are shifted with virtual, multilayered, and enigmatic spaces visualized with a mysterious soundtrack.
January 17, 2014 | $15 ($9 with PROTO PACK)
Elizaveta exudes a heady mixture of opera, pop, jazz, and soul. Stir in some beats, flawless live looping, and a live band to support her, and it’s easy to understand why she acquired the ‘5th Element’ moniker: it’s a transporting experience as Elizaveta effortlessly shifts between styles, eras, and sounds in a successful bid to marry the 19th and 21st centuries via musical means.
At Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, 10003
January 15, 2014 – January 19, 2014 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK)
This opera by Lithuanian composer Lina Lapelytė, librettist Vaiva Grainytė and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė is set around the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping center and looks at everything that lies behind the mechanical ‘Good afternoon. Thank you. Have a good day!’, followed by a smile. The faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into striking opera characters; their secret thoughts and biographies are turned into short, personal dramas.
At HERE, 145 6th Avenue, New York, NY, 10013.
KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY is a theatricalized concept album about explosive young love tested by cruel fate, told in a series of mysterious flashbacks. Kansas City Choir Boy is epic and romantic, a love-story for the music-video age and a love-child of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous "missing."
January 8, 2014 – January 13, 2014 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK)
Subsisting in grimy turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, a misfit high school boy finds an escape. Swept up by dreams of a more glamorous world, his flight and ultimate dissolution are chronicled in Paul’s Case. With music that draws on new and old styles—post-minimal and baroque—composer Gregory Spears and playwright Kathryn Walat’s poignant chamber opera traces Paul’s voyage from his repressive surroundings to New York City’s lavish Waldorf Astoria Hotel. A timeless story with a gripping climax, Paul’s Case reveals one young man’s destructive blend of defiance and fragility.
At HERE, 145 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10013.
January 11, 2013 – January 16, 2013
PROTOTYPE Conversations will be held with pioneering artists and visionary leaders in the opera-theatre and music-theatre arts world at January 2013's APAP conference and the Opera America National Opera Center. Panels wil provide insight into and provoke discussion about the rapidly growing body of chamber-sized opera-theatre and music-theatre work that is ready to explode onto the national scene.
January 10, 2014 – January 13, 2014 | $20 ($12 with PROTO PACK)
Fresh new opera diva Lauren Worsham and noted song-writer Kyle Jarrow bring their Sky-Pony troupe to PROTOTYPE late nights to present four themed nights of performance inspired by the FOUR HUMORS of the Classical World. From the Greeks up through the Elizabethans, western culture believed that different bodily fluids were linked to fundamental personality types. There was the Melancholic (heartbroken and yearning), the Sanguine (pleasure-seeking and joyous), the Phlegmatic (thoughtful and reflective), and the Choleric (hot-tempered and vengeful). Sky-Pony serves up four unique sets on four consecutive nights, each inspired by one of these humors.
At HERE, 145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
January 11, 2013 – January 18, 2013
PROTOTYPE's New York Premiere of Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event from composer David T. Little co-presented by PACE Presents at the MIchael Schimmel Center. Soldier Songs combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of a soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.
January 9, 2013 – January 15, 2013 | $20
The World Premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s opera Sumeida’s Song on the HERE Main Stage for PROTOTYPE will be the first Arab-American opera to be fully produced on an American stage. Based on the classic play by the well-regarded playwright Tawfiq El-Hakim, the opera follows the return of a young man to his Egyptian peasant village in an attempt to break its never-ending cycle of violence.
January 10, 2014 – January 19, 2014 | Free
Under the Radar / COIL / American Realness / PROTOTYPE present an eclectic mix of adventurous music, cabaret performance, and late night revelry for our intrepid audiences, festival artists, and professional colleagues.
Join us for a nightly after-party to hang, drink, converse, and rock out after long days of sitting in dark theatres.
At The Public Theater, 3rd floor, 425 Lafayette St, New York, 10003
Based on the classic tale by James Hurst, THE SCARLET IBIS is a new American opera that explores the pain and wonder of childhood. With music by composer Stefan Weisman, libretto by David Cote and direction by Mallory Catlett, the piece fuses singers, puppets and nimble, multimedia stagecraft to evoke a primal, dreamlike landscape where two brothers struggle over the meaning of normal.
January 10, 2014 – January 18, 2014 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK) - and - $20 Standing Room
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.
At Baruch Performing Arts Center,
55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
January 10, 2013 – January 12, 2013 | $20
The dark glam opera band Timur and the Dime Museum presents a galactic multimedia show for the first time on the East Coast in HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. Fusing avant-garde, pop & vaudeville sounds, Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sensibilities with Bjork fierceness, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatricality.
The 2013 PROTOTYPE smash hit dark glam opera band TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM returns for a one-night-only presentation at Joe’s Pub. Playing songs from their Requiem for the planet, Collapse (in a preview for the NYC premiere coming up in fall 2015), originals and fan-favorite cover tunes, this will be a night not to be missed.
Vocal theatre company Carmina Slovenica, world renowned for its unconventional choral storytelling with opera, drama, and movement, brings its unique "choregie" practice to New York City for TOXIC PSALMS. Led by internationally acclaimed conductor Karmina Silec, the troupe creates a highly theatrical and visceral experience through choral music that is both unexpected and provocative. In Toxic Psalms, the gripping music mirrors the unspeakable violences and victimizations across our world today. A co-presentation with Carmina Slovenica and St. Ann's Warehouse.
January 11, 2014 – January 13, 2014 | $25 ($16.30 & $15 with PROTO PACK)
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.
At Roulette Theatre, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217.
On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, Child is visited by the ghosts of her three older sisters. She is forced to confront her family’s past, her hunger for a future, and a bargain her Mama made long before her birth. Set in a Southern gothic landscape, WINTER’S CHILD is a world of rough earth, quiet prayer, and a mother’s fight to change her youngest daughter’s fate.