Creative Team

Music

DAVID T. LITTLE

Libretto

ANNE WALDMAN

Story & Screenplay

MICHAEL JOSEPH MCQUILKEN

Director

MICHAEL JOSEPH MCQUILKEN

Executive Producer

BETH MORRISON PROJECTS

Producers

BETH MORRISON, JECCA BARRY, BRIAN FREELAND and ROBERT PHILLIP SMITH

Additional Producers

JUDY & ALLEN FREEDMAN, KIKI & DAVID GINDLER, CHARLOTTE ISAACS, THOMAS H. PLATZ

Production Consultant

TIMUR BEKBOSUNOV

Starring

TIMUR & JENNIFER HARRISON NEWMAN

Featuring

TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM

TIMUR (Violin), DANIEL CORRAL (Keyboard/Vocals), ANDREW LESSMAN (Drums/Vocals), MATTHEW SETZER (Guitar/Vocals) and DAVID TRANCHINA (Bass/Vocals)

ISAURA STRING QUARTET

EMILY CALL (Violin), MADELINE FALCONE (Violin), BETSY RETTIG (Cello), NADIA SIROTA (Viola [Audio]) and RITA ANDRADE (Viola [Film])

ADINA VERSON (spoken text), ANDRÉ DE QUADROS (Doctor), CHIP MORRISON (Doctor) and THOMAS H. PLATZ (Doctor)

DAVID T. LITTLE

ANNE WALDMAN

MICHAEL JOSEPH MCQUILKEN

BETH MORRISON PROJECTS

About

Trapped in a nightmarish Bardo, a place between death and rebirth, a tormented writer faces down demons of his own making. Forced to confront his darkest moment, he mines fractured and repressed memories for a way out. Loosely inspired by the complicated mythologies of writer William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch) and others, Black Lodge uses industrial rock and opera to take viewers through a Lynchian escape room, and questions what it ultimately takes to face ourselves.

Support

Opera commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera. Film commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Opera Philadelphia, the Allen R. and Judy Brick FreedmanVenture Fund for Opera, David & Kiki Gindler, Charlotte Isaacs, and Thomas H. Platz with additional support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Developed by Beth Morrison Projects, California Institute for the Arts, HERE Arts Center, and REDCAT. Additional production support provided by David & Kiki Gindler, Charlotte Isaacs, and Thomas H. Platz. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in parternship with the City Council.

Press

"One of the most imaginative young composers on the music-theatre scene…not a post-classical composer but a classical composer with a surprisingly broad range.”

The New Yorker on David T. Little

"A knack for overturning musical conventions”

The New York Times on David T. Little

"A counter-cultural giant."

Publisher's Weekly on Anne Waldman

“One of the top advocates for American Poetry"

The Huffington Post on Anne Waldman

"The premiere of a new work by the composer David T. Little is always worth exploring, and his operas — “Dog Days,” “JFK” — reveal him to be an especially powerful composer for the voice."

The New York Times

01 / 05

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