REB+VoDKa+ME goes to the opera

REB+VoDKa+ME will be featured in American Lyric Theater‘s 2019 ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert performance!

Excerpts from the show will be performed by classically trained singers at the Morgan Library and Museum on Sunday, March 3 at 3:00pm. We’re sharing the bill with excerpts from new operas by Christopher Cerrone & Stephanie Fleischmann and Kamala Sankaram & Jerre Dye, some of whom are alumni of the ALT Composer Librettist Development Program with Julia.

It’s going to be a whole new way to hear the score (including with a few live instruments.) Tickets are available now!

SPACE on Ryder Farm

I’m back in the city after an amazingly productive and beautiful week at SPACE on Ryder Farm of writing, eating, breathing fresh air, and making friends with woolly bear caterpillars. Julia and I made some great progress on thinking through Choreomania and made a giant leap towards a second draft of Something Blue.

I spent much of the week writing in the yurt, when I wasn’t harvesting dahlias or marveling at sunrises/sunsets.

We were thrilled to spend our time at SPACE with fellow P73er Blue Beckford Burrell, Working Farm playwright Antoinette Nwandu, and Stitcher podcasters Rachel Bonds, Ash Sanders, and Ellen Winter & Chris Litter

Thanks to Page 73 for sending us up for the week!

A magnificent first table reading!

We have a full draft!

And Julia and I gathered a wonderful group of friends and collaborators together to hear the entirety of The Magnificent Seven for the first time.

Thanks to Shaleah Adkisson, Renee Albulario, Delaney Amatrudo, Ian Axness, Ally Bonino, David Friedlander, Holly Gould, Brandon Michael Lowden, Ellen Macy, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Keith Rubin, and Hana Slevin for a great read and a great discussion.

I’m so excited to get down to work based on the wonderful feedback I already did some rewriting… (And USA Gymnastics is certainly trying hard to keep the sport in the collective consciousness.)

For now, though, it was the perfect way to cap off a creative summer!

There is always pie.

What a wonderful experience putting our gigantic little musical in the world for the first time. You can see for yourself just how amazing the world we built was!

Shaun Tuazon-Martin, Allison Spratt Pearce, Lauren King Thompson
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A huge thanks to everyone involved in the production: Director Matt Morrow, Choreographer Stephen Brotebeck, and Music Director Patrick Marion; cast members Steve Gouveia, Sam Heldt, Lauren King Thompson, Allison Spratt Pearce, Shaun Tuazon-Martin, and Marci Anne Wuebben; stage management & run crew team Kendra Stockton, Isaac Fowler, Joey Kirkpatrick, and Kate Morton; designers Robin Sanford Roberts, Elisa Benzoni, Christina Martin, Matt Lescault-Wood, Peter Herman, and Bonnie Durben; technicians Carleton Starr, Caitlin Lamar; musicians Mack Leighton, Armando Silva, and Tom Versen; and the whole Diversionary staff including Jenny Case, David Shorey, and Skyler Sullivan; and our phenomenal production sponsors Rob Granat and Al Mazur.

(Also thanks to all the crystal shops and vegetarian restaurants in San Diego that helped make me feel right at home!)

Despite always being the ultimate goal, it’s such a strange rarity to get to see what you’ve written live onstage. And it’s even more of a rarity to see it both fulfill all of your wishes and go beyond your wildest dreams at the same time. I can’t wait to carry all that I’ve experienced and learned at Diversionary into the future!