Creative Team

Co-Created by

PAOLA PRESTINI, RINDE ECKERT & JULIAN CROUCH

Composer

PAOLA PRESTINI

Writer & Performer

RINDE ECKERT

Director & Scenic design

JULIAN CROUCH

Conductor

DIANNE BERKUN-MENAKER

Scenic & Costume design

AMY RUBIN

Video & Lighting design

JOSHUA HIGGASON

Instruments made by

MARK STEWART

Associate Director

KATE HOPKINS

Featuring

BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS & ATTACCA QUARTET

PAOLA PRESTINI

RINDE ECKERT

JULIAN CROUCH

DIANNE BERKUN-MENAKER

About

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, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Attacca String Quartet, and original musical instrumental by Mark Stewart.

Support

Aging Magician was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt, the Walker Art Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Aging Magician was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, OPERA America’s Repertoire Development program (supported by The Opera Fund), the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project (with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).

Aging Magician received residency support from Mass MoCA, the Park Avenue Armory, the PROTOTYPE Festival and The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program.

Performed in Balboa Theater at the San Diego Opera.

Press

"Poignant, entrancing...the rich artistic elements of “Aging Magician” come together powerfully."

The New York Times

“New York retains a remarkable cadre of composers... but chief among these is the singular figure of Paola Prestini.”

Financial Times

"...he finds vivifying parallels between the theological quest of one man and the theatrical quest to capture and illuminate life."
(Praise for Rinde Eckert)

The New York Times

"Julian Crouch is a mastermind..."

FringeArts

01 / 04

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