Stephen Karam-Nico Muhly Opera About Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Sect Dark Sisters Sets New York Dates

News   Stephen Karam-Nico Muhly Opera About Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Sect Dark Sisters Sets New York Dates Dates of production have been announced for the world premiere of Dark Sisters, a new opera by Speech and Debate playwright Stephen Karam and composer Nico Muhly that concerns a young woman attempting to escape a fundamental sect of the Mormon faith.

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Dark Sisters will make its New York debut Nov. 9-19 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. The work is a commission by the Gotham Chamber Opera, Music-Theatre Group and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Tickets are now on sale for the New York production. The Opera Company of Philadelphia will produce Dark Sisters in June 2012.

As previously reported, the cast will feature Caitlin Lynch, Kevin Burdette, Kristina Bachrach, Jennifer Check, Eve Gigliotti, Margaret Lattimore and Jennifer Zetlan.

Rebecca Taichman (The Scene, Dead Man's Cell Phone) will direct the opera, which has a libretto by Karam and music by Muhly. Neal Goren will conduct. The opera will have set and video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer.

According to the creators, "In a world where personal identity is forbidden, Dark Sisters follows one woman’s dangerous attempt to escape her life as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a sect that split from mainstream Mormonism in the early 20th century largely because of the LDS Church’s renunciation of polygamy. The male founders of the Mormon faith (Joseph Smith and Brigham Young chief among them) have traditionally loomed large in American history; Dark Sisters puts the women of the FLDS sect front and center. The narrative draws inspiration from the flurry of media attention surrounding the two most famous raids on FLDS compounds (the 1953 raid at Short Creek, AZ, and the 2008 raid at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado, TX) as well as from the stories of the more than 80 wives of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young." For tickets, priced $30-$125, phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.

For further information visit DarkSistersOpera.

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