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Prototype Vision

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, now celebrating its seventh year, is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. A pioneer in the field, PROTOTYPE is the first of its kind in the United States – creating a model now emulated by companies across the country for presenting fully produced premieres, national and international presentations, and work-in-progress showings of original genre-bending works by both emerging and career artists from the contemporary classical opera-theatre and music-theatre idiom. Focusing on innovative, mostly chamber-scale works, PROTOTYPE shows opera like it’s never been seen before: high-tech, edgy, and up-close. Following the smashing success of its first six seasons, PROTOTYPE’s visionary line-up has quickly become a can’t-miss annual tradition.

PROTOTYPE returns January 5 - 13, 2019, bringing you a stellar array of artists presenting groundbreaking new works: p r i s m by Ellen Reid & Roxie Perkins; 4.48 Psychosis by Philip Venables & Sarah Kane; ThisTree by Leah Coloff; The Infinite Hotel by The Few Moments & Firehorse with text & direction by Michael Joseph McQuilken and selected songs & lyrics adapted from Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley; Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance by Graham Reynolds & Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol of Mexico City; Train with No Midnight by Joseph Keckler; Stinney: An American Execution by Frances Pollock & Tia Price; Mila, Great Sorcerer by Andrea Clearfield, Jean Claude van Itallie, & Lois Walden, The Little Death, Vol: 1 by Matt Marks; of time and place featuring works by Ellen Reid & Sarah LaBrie and David T. Little & Royce Vavrek; PROTOTYPE: Out of Bounds, a series of short, free, site-specific works in public spaces; and the return of the PROTOTYPE Soirée at City Vineyard.

“Season after season, PROTOTYPE introduces to New York pieces that shift the whole paradigm of what opera is and can be.”
James Jorden, Observer

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Curatorial Policy

PROTOTYPE is a curated festival and applications are not accepted.