Kiera Duffy & Nathan Gunn Lead Beth Morrison Projects’ 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Beth Morrison Projects has announced its 2019-20 season, which will include 64 performances on four continents.

James Darrah will direct Ellen Reid’s “Prism.” The production will star mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb as Lumee and soprano Anna Schubert as her ill daughter, Bibi. Performances will be held at Teatro Municipal in São Paulo (in its South American premiere) and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Julian Wachner and Roberto Minczuk will conduct.

Performance Dates: Sept. 4, 2019 – Mar. 14, 2020

Geoff Sobelle’s “Home” is a “large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between ‘house’ and ‘home’ . . . [through] dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction.” Performances will take place at University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, ASU Gammage, Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center, Célestins Théâtre de Lyon, The Broad Stage, UNC’s Carolina Performing Arts, and UMich’s University Musical Society.

Performance Dates: Sept. 27, 2019 – Apr. 4, 2020

Du Yun’s “Angel’s Bone,” directed by Michael Joseph McQuilken, will feature Kyle Biefield, Abigail Fischer, Rosie K, and Kyle Pfortmiller. LA Opera will present the work at The Broad Stage, as well as at the Beijing Music Festival. “Angel’s Bone” explores the plight of two fallen angels by melding “chamber music, theatre, pop music, spoken word, opera, cabaret and electronics.” Julian Wachner will conduct.

Performance Date: Oct. 18, 2019 May 3, 2020

Rachel Dickstein will direct Garrett Fisher’s “Blood Moon,” an opera-theatre work which follows “three characters who encounter each other on the night of a full moon: a nephew who returns to the mountain top where he left his aunt to die forty years earlier, the ghost of the aunt he abandoned, and the moon that presides over this night of reckoning as it did the night of her death.” The cast will feature Mika Shigematsu, Juecheng Chen, Wei Wu, and Takemi Kitamura. The production will be co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center in a promotional partnership with Japan Society. Steven Osgood will conduct.

Performance Dates: Jan. 9 – 17, 2020

Jeremy Schonfeld’s multi-media staged concert “Iron & Coal” “explores the relationship between a father and son in the shadow of the Holocaust.” It will be directed by Kevin Newbury and will feature Rinde Eckert, Lincoln Clauss, Contemporaneous, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and MasterVoices. “Iron & Coal” will be held in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as part of Prototype Festival. David Bloom will conduct.

Performance Dates: Jan. 10 & 11, 2020

Emma Griffin will direct Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Ellen West,” starring Kiera Duffy and Nathan Gunn. The New York City premiere of this work, which explores the “emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body [and] her relationship with food,” will be held at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse as part of Prototype Festival.

Performance Dates: Jan. 14 – 18, 2020

The West Coast premiere of Prestini, Eckert, & Crouch’s “Aging Magician” will star Eckert alongside the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The work, “a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life,” will be performed at San Diego Opera’s Balboa Theatre. Dianne Berkun Menaker will conduct.

Performance Dates: Mar. 13 & 14, 2020

Hearne, McGregor, & Williams’ “Place,” an examination of “the complex consequences of a rupture in the place we call home,” will feature Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, and Ayanna Woods. The West Coast premiere will take place in LA Phil’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Performance Date: Mar. 24, 2020

Ashley Tata will direct David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs,” starring Nathan Gunn. The opera-theatre work will “combine elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and film footage by Bill Morrison to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.” Chicago Opera Theatre will present “Soldier Songs” in the Edlis Neeson Theater of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Lidiya Yankovskaya will conduct.

Performance Dates: May 14 – 17, 2020

Jodie Landau will star in the world premiere of her work “Performance of Self.” The performance will take place at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

Performance Date: May 27, 2020

Joseph Keckler will star in his opera cabaret “Train with No Midnight,” alongside Michael Hanf, Matthew Dean Marsh, and Lavinia Pavlish. The intimate ensemble will “lead the audience through a series of vignettes, each like a stop on a late-night train – from Paris to Hamburg, Michigan to Times Square and the symbolic space of The Crossroads, a place of danger and possibility.” Performances will be held at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Performance Dates: June 2020