Workshop of Stephen Schwartz Opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, to Be Presented in New York

News   Workshop of Stephen Schwartz Opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, to Be Presented in New York American Opera Projects will present two workshop performances of Stephen Schwartz's first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, in November.

The two-act opera by the composer of Wicked and Godspell will be performed by Lauren Flanigan, Hila Plitman, Caroline Worra, Jessica Miller, Ory Brown, Michael Zegarski, Daniel Hoy, Madeline Marquis, John Kimberling and Maeve Hoglund, who will be accompanied by pianists Charity Wicks and Chris Cooley. Valéry Ryvkin will be the music director.

The Nov. 21 performance will be held at The Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk Street in Manhattan. The Nov. 22 performance will be held at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn. Show times for both evenings is 8 PM.

Based on the novel by Mark McShane and the award-winning screen adaptation by Bryan Forbes, Séance, according to press notes, is a "psychological thriller about a medium, Myra Foster, who conspires with her husband to gain fame and fortune by kidnapping a girl and then 'finding' her through her séances." The opera will have its premiere in 2009 at Opera Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA.

American Opera Projects will honor Schwartz and the company's own 20-year history with post-show receptions.

Tickets to the performance are priced $50. For reservations visit www.operaprojects.org.