Poe and Kafka Inspire Three Lost Chords at the Zipper Jan. 7 & 9

News   Poe and Kafka Inspire Three Lost Chords at the Zipper Jan. 7 & 9 The work of Poe, Kafka and Sparks make ghostly inspiration for three solo operatic works penned by lyricist Mark Campbell and composer Lance Horne in Three Lost Chords at the Zipper Factory.

Three Lost Chords utilizes monologues adapted by Campbell from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," Franz Kafka's "A Hunger Artist," and Dame Muriel Spark's "The Girl I Left Behind Me."

Production notes state, "In what are essentially ghost stories, each character confesses to the strange circumstances that brought them to a place from which they cannot escape: an asylum, a panther's cage in a traveling circus, and the office of a small company."

The cast features Michael Slattery, Nathan Lee Graham and Caroline Worra under the direction of David Schweizer. Lance Horne is featured on piano.

Horne, who is currently at work on the musical The $trip, provided vocal arrangements for Little Women on Broadway. Horne has penned songs for Gypsy of the Year, the Actors' Fund benefits and contributed to the Off-Broadway song-cycle Songs From an Unmade Bed for which Mark Campbell penned lyrics. His work has been presented at Joe's Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, The Juilliard School and Lincoln Center. Horne is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

Campbell's musicals include A Letter to East 11th Street, Volpone, Splendora, Therese Raquin and Broken Morning. Campbell is the first recipient of the Kleban Foundation Award and a two-time Richard Rodgers Award recipient. Three Lost Chords plays the Zipper Factory Jan. 7 & 9. Tickets, priced $20, are available by calling (212) 563-0400 or by visiting www.ovationtix.com.

The Zipper Factory is located at 336 W. 37th Street, in Manhattan. Visit thezipperfactory.com.