American Opera Projects To Present The Stonewall Operas

By Francisco Salazar

Four half-hour long mini-operas inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots will make their world premiere at NYU’s Shubert Theatre and the Stonewall Inn.

The four operas performed will conclude NYU’s Stonewall at 50 Series, a collection of panels, performances, events, and discussions commemorating the riots and their legacy.

The four operas include “Nightlife” by TJ Rubin and Deepali Gupta in a production by Nina Fry; “The Pomada Inn” by Brian Cavanagh-Strong and Ben Bonnema, directed by Sam Helfrich; “The Community” by Kevin Cummines and Shoshana Greenberg with direction by I-Chen Wang; and “Outside” by Bryan Blaskie and by Seth Christenfeld in a production by Francisco Rodriguez.

Errin Duane Brooks, Brandon Coleman, Sara Couden, Amy Justman, Kathryn Krasovec, Jordan Rutter, Hans Tashjian, and Clayton Williams will star in the works.

These mini-operas are the fourth entries in the collaboration between Brooklyn contemporary opera producer American Opera Projects and The NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program’s “Advanced Opera Lab” in which emerging opera writers compose works based on a historic New York City location.

The opera will take place at NYU’s Shubert Theatre on May 18, 2019, and within the modern-day Stonewall Inn itself on May 19 and 20.