Season 2018-2019: r(E)volution!
Timothy Nelson, Artistic Director
Carla Hübner, Founding Artistic Director Emerit
1. Viva V.E.R.D.I. – The Promised End
September 8 – 23, 2018
at Source Theatre
Verdi’s name became the battle-cry of the revolution that birthed Italy. Our world-premiere theater piece stages the most popular choral work of all time, Verdi’s towering Requiem, distilling its fiery music for an essential core of eight opera singers. As the aging composer remembers his life, his soaring music reveals our human pains and joys. Steven S. Mazzola and Paul Leavitt direct.
2. Figaro in 4 Quartets
October 20 – 28, 2018
at GALA Hispanic Theatre
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro re-imagined through the lens of the last poetry of T.S. Eliot. Immerse yourself in a spellbinding new theater experience as the beloved opera’s themes of nostalgia, memory, love and loss are reflected in its most memorable music, combined with Eliot’s masterpiece Four Quartets. Timothy Nelson directs.
3. Operetta Wonderland: The Magic of Victor Herbert
November 28 – December 2, 2018
D.C. Scottish Rite Temple
Escape your troubles and step into the waltz-inspired revolutions of the music of one of America’s greatest, Victor Herbert. Fall in love again with fanciful visions of toy soldiers and star crossed lovers, as Brian J. Shaw directs a selection of hits from Sweethearts, Naughty Marietta, The Enchantress, Babes in Toyland, more…
4. From U Street to the Cotton Club
January 5 – 20, 2019
Take the A-Train from field to factory, from the Deep South to D.C., from the revolutionary home of the True Reformers to the roaring nightlife of Harlem’s Cotton Club—this joint will be jumpin’! Tales of a courageous people in turbulent times with music of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, many more… KenYatta Rogers & Stanley Thurston direct.
5. LA PALOMA— AT THE WALL
March 23 – 31, 2019
at GALA Hispanic Theatre
A new treatment of La Verbena de la Paloma –the most famous Spanish zarzuela –revolutionized, and set in Friendship Park, straddling the seaside border-fence between Tijuana and San Diego. Despite imposed separation, cultures and lives, ideas and commerce, intersect, rise, and flourish. Writer Anna Deeny Morales and director Nick Olcott reveal the humanity of this joyous music.
6. The Tale of Serse
June 1 – 9, 2019
at Atlas Performing Arts Center – Lang Theater
This most vibrant of Handel’s works – including its famous ‘largo’ Ombra Mai Fu – transformed for contemporary audiences. From ancient Persian legends, the pains and pleasures of love seen through the magic of this music and a new narration from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. Timothy Nelson directs.
Family Holiday Musical!
Cri-Cri, The Mexican Singing Cricket, Dec. 1 & 8 at 11am at Source! Come to interact and sing along in English & Spanish: Cri-Cri’s irresistible songs and stories are Latino musical icons from a gentler time!