The opera, directed by Schwartz's son, Scott Schwartz, premiered at Opera Santa Barbara in September 2009. With some changes since the Santa Barbara run, Schwartz's opera will play a limited engagement through May 1.
Séance on a Wet Afternoon is described as "a psychological thriller about a medium, Myra Foster, her doting husband Bill, and the spirit of their deceased eleven-year-old son, Arthur, who speaks to Myra and is her contact for her séances. Because Myra has never received the recognition she feels her gifts merit, they hatch a Plan: They will kidnap the daughter of a local wealthy industrialist, and keep her safe while the media frenzy over her abduction builds. When Myra has a 'vision' that leads to the successful recovery of the girl and the ransom, her fame will be assured. As The Plan is put into action, the girl's presence in the house leads to complex psychological responses from Myra, Bill and Arthur. The delicate balance of Myra and Bill's relationship and Myra's sanity itself begins to fray, as long-buried secrets are revealed. The Plan goes badly awry, and in Myra's final séance, the drama comes to a devastating conclusion."
The cast includes Lauren Flanigan?as Myra Foster, Melody Moore as Rita Clayton, Pamela Jones as Miss Rose, Jane Shaulis as Mrs. Wintry, Todd Wilander as Charles Clayton, Michael Marcotte as Irish Tenor, Doug Purcell as Mr. Bennett, Kim Josephson as Bill Foster, Boyd Schlaefer as Mr. Cole, Juan Jose Ibarra as Policeman, Philip Boykin as Inspector Watts, Michael Kepler Meo as Arthur and Bailey Grey as Adriana Clayton.
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