PAST SHOWS

ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE | Opera-Theatre

p r i s m

p r i s m is a haunting, kaleidoscopic new work of opera-theatre by Ellen Reid & Roxie Perkins that traverses the elasticity of reality through the eyes of an ill girl.

January 6, 7, 9-12 at 7:30PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 10

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US Premiere | Opera-Theatre

4.48 Psychosis

Straight from the Royal Opera’s sold out run comes the US premiere of a hard-hitting work of opera-theatre. This adaptation of the astonishing final play by Sarah Kane explores a search for love and happiness amidst a struggle with clinical depression and psychosis. Philip Venables’ acclaimed operatic adaptation brings new resonance to the last creative utterances of one of the most courageous British writers of her generation.

January 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, & 12 at 8PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 11

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WORLD PREMIERE | MUSIC-THEATRE

ThisTree

ThisTree weaves autobiographical storytelling, 8 mm home movies, and Coloff’s signature blend of blues, rock and non-traditional cello playing and singing, supported by an all-female band, to investigate the vantage point of being the last branch on the family tree.

January 6 at 4PM | 7, 8, & 10–12 at 7:30PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 6

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World Premiere | Music-Theatre

The Infinite Hotel

The Infinite Hotel invites its audience to step inside an elaborate movie making machine. The piece follows five strangers unknowingly co-composing music together over space and time, exploring themes of human interrelatedness and artistic visibility in a profoundly technological culture.

January 5 & 12 at 5PM and 9PM | January 7-11 at 7:30PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 11

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NY PREMIERE | MULTI-MEDIA CONCERT

Pancho Villa From A Safe Distance

A bilingual cross-border opera about Pancho Villa, the enigmatic general, legendary bandit, and hero of the Mexican Revolution. The piece provides a timely lens into the relationships and overlaps between the communities of Mexico, the United States, and the borderlands.

January 5, 7, 8 at 7:30PM | January 6 at 2PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 7

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WORLD PREMIERE | MUSIC-THEATRE

Train With No Midnight

Singer and writer Joseph Keckler and an intimate musical ensemble lead the audience through a series of vignettes, each like a stop on a late-night train. The text dances between comedy, commentary and communion with a score of smoky pop songs, propulsive invocations, and leaps into the operatic realm.

January 5, 7, 8, & 10–12 at 9:30PM | January 6 & 13 at 6PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 7

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WORK-IN-PROGRESS CONCERT | OPERA

Stinney: An American Execution

Based on the uncontested execution of a fourteen year old black boy in South Carolina in 1944, Stinney: An American Execution examines the small-town fear that exists through racial and social divides and their terrifying consequences.

January 12 at 5PM | January 13 at 3PM

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FIRST LOOK OPERATIC PRESENTATION

Mila, Great Sorcerer

In this timeless tale, melding western and Eastern sounds, Mila wields black magic vengeance with fatal consequences. His journey to self-acceptance and spiritual transformation has provided guidance to Tibet for a thousand years.

January 12 & 13 at 1PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 12

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ONE-NIGHT-ONLY TRIBUTE TO MATT MARKS FEATURING HIS MUSIC-THEATRE WORK

The Little Death: Vol. 1

One night only tribute to Matt Marks featuring his music-theatre work, The Little Death: Vol. 1

January 8 at 8:30pm

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Premieres | Concert

of time and place

Trinity presents a concert of premieres that embody specific times and places in 19th- 21st century America, embracing forgotten histories, and exploring what has been lost for the sake of ‘progress.’ Works by David T. Little and Ellen Reid.

January 8 at 6PM

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There will be a rain date of January 8

PROTOTYPE: Out of Bounds

PROTOTYPE presents its third iteration of Out of Bounds, a platform for new vocal performance pieces taking place in unlikely locations throughout New York.

January 7 at 4pm and 7pm | Free Admission

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Festival Soirée

“PROTOTYPE…has gained major recognition as a collection of “can’t-miss” events” (Classical Music Communications).  Join the party at the Festival’s annual Soirée — an unforgettable evening celebrating the artists who’ve led us over six groundbreaking years. Throw back a glass, mingle with the talent, and join us for an intimate evening on the Hudson River at […]

January 9 at 6:30PM

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New York Premiere

Fellow Travelers

Fellow Travelers is an extraordinary personal journey through the intriguing, gut-wrenching world of the 1950s American witch-hunts, its deceits and betrayals, and the often-overlooked “Lavender Scare.”

January 12 & 13, 2018

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World Premiere, Chamber Version

Acquanetta

In Acquanetta, the spirit of 1940s horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the genre that explores how vision relates to identity.

January 9-13, 2018

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World Premiere

The Echo Drift

Convicted murderer Walker Loats must choose between serving her time in solitary and taking a shortcut to rig the game in her favor. The Echo Drift explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli.

January 10, 12 – 13, 18 – 20, 2018

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World Premiere | Multi-Media Concert

Black Inscription

With three veteran creators drawing on the most powerful aspects of rock, classical, and pop music, Black Inscription is a multimedia contemporary song cycle that plunges into the earth’s final frontier and exposes our ever-changing grasp of it.

January 11-13 and 17-20, 2018

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US Premiere

IYOV

An extraordinary Ukrainian opera named for the Hebrew word for Job, IYOV blends an emotional journey, the birth of a new sound, and the endless possibilities of the human voice.

January 15-16 and 18-20, 2018

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US Premiere

Secrets

Secrets conveys anonymous testimonies from audiences concerning life, love, and death. The sung, whispered, or projected passages will be recognizable for the ‘authors’ of the secrets, while transcending the individual experience with their deeply human, universal dimension.

January 13 & 14, 2018

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Work-in-Progress Concert

Stranger Love

Stranger Love is a love story and the story of love, unfolding to the rhythm of the seasons. Set against the ever-expanding universe, the opera unfolds on vast time-scale in a grand celebration of life itself.

January 16 & 17, 2018

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New Works in Public Spaces

Out of Bounds 2018

PROTOTYPE’s second iteration of Out of Bounds, a series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces.

January 11, 14, 18, 19, 2018

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New York Premiere

anatomy theater

Darkly humorous, anatomy theater follows the progression of an English murderess from her confession to execution, to denouncement, and finally to dissection, including an anatomy lesson for curious onlookers.

January 7, 8, and 10-14, 2017

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New York Premiere

Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves tells the story of Bess, a religious woman, whose marital vows are tested when her husband is paralyzed in an offshore oil rig accident. As this psychological drama unfolds, Bess’s unrelenting selflessness escalates towards a devastating finale.

January 6, 7 & 9, 2017

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World Premiere

Mata Hari

Mata Hari is a hybrid opera-theatre piece inspired by the legendary and controversial female mystic dancer Mata Hari, who was executed for espionage during World War One.

January 5-8 and 11-14, 2017

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Multi-Media Concert

Silent Voices

A multi-media stage work by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus celebrating the power of youth to inspire change and give voice to the marginalized and silenced. With commissioned music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, & DJ Spooky

January 14 & 15, 2017

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New York Premiere

Funeral Doom Spiritual

Drawing on themes of apocalypse, end times, and rapture found in Negro Spirituals, this new music-theatre work exhumes legacies of racial violence while longing for the forthcoming destruction of the white supremacy world.

January 13 & 14, 2017

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Work-in-Progress Concert

Rev. 23

Rev. 23, the hitherto unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation, narrates the battle to recapture Paradise-on-Earth and restore the balance of good and evil. It’s Lucifer v. Archangel Michael. No one is exempt from this battle.

January 14, 2017

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World Premiere

Secondary Dominance

A musical assemblage composed by multi-genre artist Sarah Small (creator of The Delirium Constructions) synthesizes genres from Balkan folk to contemporary chamber, industrial, renaissance, rock, rap, and punk in lush Tableaux and synchronized movement.

January 6, 7, and 11-14, 2017

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New Works in Public Spaces

Out of Bounds 2017

A series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces.

January 5-7, 9, 11 & 12, 2017

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World Premiere

Angel’s Bone

Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. This world premiere work of opera-theatre explores the dark effects and motivations behind modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.

Jan 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, & 17, 2016

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New York Premiere

Dog Days

Dog Days is a work of contemporary opera-theatre that investigates the psychology of a working class American family pitted against a not-so-distant-future wartime scenario. Dog Days explores the ultimate struggle of humanity—stuck between nature’s indifference and society’s barely restrained brutality.

January 9-11, 2016

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First-Look Presentation

The Good Swimmer

Part requiem, part lifesaving drill, The Good Swimmer is a new music-theatre piece set entirely on a surf beach. The piece translates the kinship relationships of a Greek tragedy to a family of lifeguards during the early days of the Vietnam War.

January 7–10 & 12–17, 2016

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American Premiere

The Last Hotel

A woman meets a couple in a hotel parking lot. All three are nervous. They have come to seal a pact. Walsh’s fifth American Premiere at St. Ann’s, The Last Hotel reunites the creators of Misterman (with Cillian Murphy) and arrives after engagements at the Royal Opera House, Edinburgh International and Dublin Theatre Festivals.

January 8-10, 12, 15-17, 2016

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American Premiere / Concert

Saga

Sága is a theatrical song cycle, which deals with “homecoming” as its main theme. Sága tells stories about the soul and goes in search of their love for the land, a home, and the world in which they live. The songs emanate from the continuous search for ideal geographical and spiritual surroundings.

January 9 & 10, 2016

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Opera-Cabaret Presentation

Bombay Rickey

Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, Brooklyn-based band that plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti Westerns, and Bollywood, balanced out with a “little” coloratura soprano. Their new work explores the life of Peruvian singer Yma Sumac.

January 8, 9 and 15, 16, 2016

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Concert Reading

La Reina

La Reina is an electro-acoustic opera with text in Spanish and English. Drawing its narrative from the drug trade in Mexico and the United States, the opera is inspired by some of the most vivid real-life players in this increasingly violent war from the past and present.

January 17, 2016

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World Premiere

The Scarlet Ibis

Inspired by the 1960 short story by James Hurst, The Scarlet Ibis is a new American opera that explores the pain and wonder of childhood. With music by composer Stefan Weisman, libretto by David Cote and direction by Mallory Catlett, the piece fuses singers, puppets and nimble, multimedia stagecraft to evoke a primal, dreamlike landscape where two brothers struggle over the meaning of normal.

January 8-11, 13-14, 16-17, 2015

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New York Premiere

Kansas City Choir Boy

Kansas City Choir Boy is a theatricalized concept album about explosive young love tested by cruel fate, told in a series of mysterious flashbacks. Kansas City Choir Boy is epic and romantic, a love-story for the music-video age and a love-child of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous “missing.”

January 8-12, and 14-17, 2015

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North American Premiere

Toxic Psalms

Vocal theatre company Carmina Slovenica, world renowned for its unconventional choral storytelling with superb singing, drama, and movement, brings its unique “choregie” concept to New York City for Toxic Psalms. Led by internationally acclaimed conductor Karmina Šilec, the troupe creates a highly theatrical and visceral experience through vocal music that is both unexpected and provocative.

January 8-11, 2015

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World Premiere

Sunken Cathedral

TED fellow, Korean-American composer, and sonic surrealist Bora Yoon, fuses voice, electronics, and instruments from various cultures and centuries with evocative video design to create Sunken Cathedral, a multimedia performance tracing a musical and archetypal journey through the subconscious.

January 14-17, 2015

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Work-in-Progress Concert

Winter’s Child

On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, Child is visited by the ghosts of her three older sisters. She is forced to confront her family’s past, her hunger for a future, and a bargain her Mama made long before her birth. Set in a Southern gothic landscape, Winter’s Child is a world of rough earth, quiet prayer, and a mother’s fight to change her youngest daughter’s fate.

January 13 & 14, 2015

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Work in Progress

Aging Magician

A workshop presentation of a new music-theatre work, Aging Magician is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.

January 11 & 13, 2015

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World Premiere

Thumbprint

An illiterate woman is gang-raped as retribution for an ‘honor crime’ her brother allegedly committed. She doesn’t surrender. She becomes the first woman in Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. Her name is Mukhtar. With a score influenced by traditional Hindustani and Western classical music, Thumbprint, the contemporary opera-theatre work by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz, follows Mukhtar’s human rights crusade along a road she must walk and pave at the same time. Through acts of courage that astonish even her, Mukhtar is transformed, and so is the world that watches.

January 11-18, 2014

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American Premiere

Have A Good Day!

This opera by Lithuanian composer Lina Lapelytė, librettist Vaiva Grainytė and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė is set around the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping center and looks at everything that lies behind the mechanical ‘Good afternoon. Thank you. Have a good day!’, followed by a smile. The faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into striking opera characters; their secret thoughts and biographies are turned into short, personal dramas.

January 15-19, 2014

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New York Premiere

Paul’s Case

Subsisting in grimy turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, a misfit high school boy finds an escape. Swept up by dreams of a more glamorous world, his flight and ultimate dissolution are chronicled in Paul’s Case. With music that draws on new and old styles—post-minimal and baroque—composer Gregory Spears and playwright Kathryn Walat’s poignant chamber opera traces Paul’s voyage from his repressive surroundings to New York City’s lavish Waldorf Astoria Hotel. A timeless story with a gripping climax, Paul’s Case reveals one young man’s destructive blend of defiance and fragility.

January 8-13, 2014

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New York Premiere

Visitations: “Theotokia” and “The War Reporter”

Gradual and insidious, auditory hallucinations warp minds with “loud thoughts,” that often deceive, derange, and force sufferers into a world of crippling paranoia. Visitations, the New York premiere of the double-bill, semi-staged multi-media concert of one-act chamber operas by composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Dan O’Brien unravels the phenomenon. In Theotokia, penetrate the consciousness of a man who, assailed by hallucinatory voices, is taunted and seduced by the mother of God. Uncover the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning combat journalist Paul Watson in The War Reporter, where he seeks to stifle the haunting voice of an American soldier whose corpse he photographed in the streets of Mogadishu.

January 11-13, 2014

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Concert Reading

Angel’s Bone

Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status and bring them into their home and set out to nurse them back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails … then lock them in the root cellar and decide that this is their chance to be wealthy and legendary. The story is told through Royce Vavrek’s riveting libretto and Du Yun’s eclectic music: part chamber music, theatre, pop music, opera, cabaret, and involving visual arts and noise, forming a harmonious and moving piece.

January 12 & 15, 2014

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Multimedia Concert

Sky-Pony

Sky-Pony is all about exploring (and pushing) the boundary between rock concert and theatrical event. All of its members have backgrounds in both music and performance, and the band reflects these joint obsessions — often combining them with cheekily philosophical lyrics. We believe that in this age of home theaters and instantly-downloadable entertainment, live art can and should provide an experience that’s uniquely engrossing and surprising. That’s what we endeavor to serve up. We can guarantee a rocking good time — and we’ll do our very best to blow your mind.

January 10-13, 2014

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World Premiere

Sumeida’s Song

The World Premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s opera Sumeida’s Song on the HERE Main Stage for PROTOTYPE will be the first Arab-American opera to be fully produced on an American stage. Based on the classic play by the well-regarded playwright Tawfiq El-Hakim, the opera follows the return of a young man to his Egyptian peasant village in an attempt to break its never-ending cycle of violence.

January 9-11, 13-15, 2013

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New York Premiere

Soldier Songs

PROTOTYPE’s New York Premiere of Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event from composer David T. Little co-presented by PACE Presents at the MIchael Schimmel Center. Soldier Songs combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of a soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.

January 11-13 & 16-18, 2013

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North American Premiere

Bluebeard

33 1/3 Collective’s Bluebeard was first viewed by PROTOTYPE producers at Operadagen Rotterdam. As PROTOTYPE’s first International work, Bluebeard (Zwolle, Netherlands), will make its North American Premiere in a co-presentation with 3LD Art & Technology Center. The basics of a classical theatrical setup are shifted with virtual, multilayered, and enigmatic spaces visualized with a mysterious soundtrack.

January 10-13, 2013

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Multimedia Concert

Timur and the Dime Museum

The dark glam opera band Timur and the Dime Museum presents a galactic multimedia show for the first time on the East Coast in HERE’s intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. Fusing avant-garde, pop & vaudeville sounds, Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sensibilities with Bjork fierceness, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatricality.

January 10-12, 2013

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Aging Magician

Paola Prestini specializes in works that transcend disciplinary boundaries. In Aging Magician, presented as a work in progress at PROTOTYPE, Julian Crouch, Paola Prestini and Rinde Eckert create an integrated tale spun from musings on life and death, failed and imagined loves, and attempts at greatness. Through these discoveries an aging magician is placed on the boat ride of his life.

January 15-16, 2013

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