A Cambodian American Rock Opera presented with Khmer captions
Music HIM SOPHY
Libretto CATHERINE FILLOUX.
Inspired by an original concept by John Burt
WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP, the only Cambodian-U.S. rock opera will air on Broadway on Demand from April 14 - 23, 2023 in time for the Cambodian New Year with an accompanying conversation with Librettist Catherine Filloux and Composer Sophy Him
by Andrea Stolowitz
At 59E59 Theaters
October 8-28, 2023
The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives into the light. The record keeps as many secrets as it shares; how do people become verschollen, lost, like library books?
In this complex, contemporary drama about the search for home, fragmented heritage, and Jewish diaspora, two performers scintillate between characters and locations at the border of reality and memory and the intersection of national history and private lives.
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrrell and Gordon Farrell
Based on the Essay/Book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Nov.9 - Dec. 23, 2023
JIM FINGAL IS AN EAGER YOUNG INTERN at a high-profile magazine hoping to impress his demanding editor-in-chief, Emily Penrose. When assigned the job of fact-checking legendary writer John D’Agata’s essay about the city of Las Vegas, Jim discovers a huge problem: many of the essay’s details were made up. As the publication deadline looms, a battle between truth and fact ensues in a gripping and fast-paced comedic showdown.
Drawing from true events surrounding real-life Jim Fingal’s fact-checking of the John D’Agata essay “What Happens There,” The Lifespan of a Fact has been praised as “a smart and engaging exploration of the nature of truth and the role of the media in society,” (Chicago Tribune) and “a tightly written and expertly crafted play that keeps the audience riveted from start to finish” (The New York Times).
Music by Aleksandra Vrebalov
LIbretto by Deborah Brevoort
June 23 - July 2, 2023
A group of military wives gathers after rumors of a possible incident on the battlefront. Their husbands are fighting the war in Fallujah. Meanwhile, a young Army officer makes the long journey to their gathering place. Named for the expression military spouses use for notifications of death, The Knock explores what must be endured by the loved ones of those who serve. Based on years of interviews with real spouses of American soldiers, this new opera tells dramatic stories of heroism that often go unheard, tragedies that go far beyond the conflict.
by Laura Maria Censabella
Mendocino Theatre Company
April 20 - May 21, 2023
A play about the science of love and a young student’s love of science
Yasmeen Al-Hamadi is a Muslim, Yemeni-American senior at a struggling inner-city Bronx high school. Dr. Guy Royston is her disaffected science teacher, a former southern Evangelical with a mysterious past. An unlikely research team, together they embark on a neurological study, leading to conflicts of opinion over love, faith and culture.
by John Jiler
East to Edinburgh 2023
at 59E59 Theatres
July 21 - July 25, 2023
Award-winning actor\playwright John Jiler tells the remarkable story of the youngest child of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Orphaned at six following his parents' execution for espionage, the boy was adopted by the man who wrote the song 'Strange Fruit'----seared into our consciousness by Billie Holiday. Playing a gallery of rogues, heroes and saints, Jiler takes us on a journey of our politics from then 'til now…