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Visitations: Theotokia and The War Reporter Featuring New York Polyphony, JACK Quartet and Mellissa Hughes, Directed by Rinde Eckert
Jan 13, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| 25/15
Composed by Jonathan Berger
Libretto by Dan O’Brien
Music Direction by Christopher Rountree
Directed by Rinde Eckert
Video Design by Mark De Chiazza
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.
A Post-Show Conversation will follow the January 12 performance.
Visitations was commissioned by and premiered at Stanford Live in April 2013 in a Beth Morrison Projects production. Co-presented by Roulette.