New York Premiere

Dog Days

January 9-11, 2016 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

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. Exploring the ultimate struggle of humanity—stuck between nature’s indifference and society’s barely restrained brutality—Dog Days asks: is it madness, delusion, or sheer animal instinct that guides us through severely trying times? Where is the line between animal and human? At what point must we give into our animal instincts merely to survive?


Dog Days was originally produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ) in association with Beth Morrison Projects.
Dog Days was commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ).
Selections from Dog Days were commissioned and presented by Carnegie Hall for the Weill Music Institute.
Scenes from Dog Days were presented as part of New York City Opera’s VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab.
The 2015-2016 tour of Dog Days is produced by Beth Morrison Projects.
Dog Days is presented by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner.
Equipment generously provided by 3LD Art & Technology Center.


Photos by James Matthew Daniel.



Howard (Father) – James Bobick
Mother – Marnie Breckenridge
Captain – Cherry Duke
Prince – John Kelly
Elliott – Michael Marcotte
Pat – Peter Tantsits
Lisa – Lauren Worsham

Featuring the chamber ensemble NEWSPEAK, with special guests