Directed by Claudia Weill, the production co-stars Drama Desk Award winner Ned Eisenberg (Awake and Sing!, The Green Bird). The opera is one-half of an evening that also includes Mozart's The Impresario.
Archy and Mehitabel is based on the early twentieth-century stories by Don Marquis and features music direction by Glen Roven. Wendy Taucher, David Richmond and Nicole Aiossa created Impresario, a new English translation of Mozart's eighteenth-century farce about the trials of an opera producer facing feuding sopranos and other woes. The latter features Donavon Dietz and eight singers who regularly perform at the New York City and Metropolitan Operas.
Alison Fraser, who played Tessie Tura in Gypsy, received Tony nominations for her performances in Romance/Romance and The Secret Garden, and her other Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the 1996 revival of Tartuffe. She created the role of Trina in William Finn's In Trousers and March of the Falsettos and reprised that role in the anniversary concert for Playwrights Horizons. Her other Off-Broadway credits include roles in Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams; Up Against It; The Green Heart; Beehive; and Swingtime Canteen. Fraser also starred in the national tour of High School Musical as well as in productions of Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are; Lizzie Borden; Honk!; Lend Me a Tenor; Gunmetal Blues; and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Her screen credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "Third Watch," "The Thing About My Folks," "Jack and His Friends" and "In the Blood." In September Fraser will be seen in Charles Busch's The Divine Sister at the Soho Playhouse.
Presented by YardArts! Opera, show times are Aug. 6 and 13 at 8 PM, Aug. 7 and 14 at 4 PM and 8 PM and Aug. 8 and 15 at 6 PM.
The Yard is located on Middle Road in Chilmark, MA. For tickets and more information call (508) 645-9662 or visit www.dancetheyard.org.