‘dwb (driving while black)’ Set for New York Premiere

By David Salazar
(Credit: Michelle Tabnick)

The Baruch Performing Arts Center is set to showcase the New York premiere of the chamber opera “dwb (driving while black)” on March 19-21, 2020.

The opera, which features music by Susan Kander and a libretto by soprano Roberta Gumbel, who also takes on the lead role. It will be directed by Chip Miller and also features New Morse Code musical ensemble.

The work centers on an African-American parent whose child is approaching driving age. The opera lasts 50 minutes.

“Singers are storytellers,” Gumbel stated in a press release. “But rarely do we get the opportunity to help create the stories we are telling.”

The opera is coming off its world premiere at Kansas City where Kansas City’s Arts and Culture Newspaper called it “One of the most singularly devastating theatrical moments of the last year.”