Composed, written, and conducted by Matthew Aucoin
American Repertory Theater
Directed by Diane Paulus
Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival
At the crux of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” lies the question: “What is it, then, between us?” In Crossing, 27-year-old composer and conductor Matthew Aucoin explodes Whitman’s “us” to operatic proportions, taking inspiration from the diary the poet kept while volunteering as a Civil War nurse. Stunningly rendered by pioneering, Boston-based orchestra collective A Far Cry and American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin), Aucoin’s taut chamber opera imagines Whitman, played by baritone Rod Gilfry (the loser, 2016 Next Wave; Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave), drawn deep into a fraught, sensual relationship with wounded young soldier John Wormley (tenor Alexander Lewis). In the shadows of a DC sick ward, haunted by the dreams and nightmares of its inmates, the two men grapple with questions that threaten to tear each other—and their country—apart.
In September, Maddy line produces Distant Star, an adaptation of the Roberto Bolaño novel of the same name, for Caborca (www.caborca.org) in the Underground Theater at Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side.
The year is 1973. In Chile, a group of young poets meet to write, argue, critique and flirt. Days later, the government collapses and the president is shot. Amidst the brutality, one poet rises to fame as a skywriting daredevil—and, possibly, as a killer. An eerily relevant drama unfolds in Brooklyn-based theater company Caborca’s adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novel Distant Star, a harrowing tale of fascism and its aftermath.
The work, written by Javier Antonio González and directed and co-conceived by Shira Milikowsky, weaves the author’s memories of life (and death) under Pinochet’s American-backed dictatorship into a perverse, seductive noir of urgent political necessity.
For more information, visit http://www.abronsartscenter.org/on-stage/shows/caborca-distant-star-world-premiere/
For tickets, visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/975748