little OPERA theatre of ny & Harlem Opera Theater to Showcase ‘American One Acts’

By David Salazar

The little OPERA theatre of ny and Harlem Opera Theater are set to present “American One Acts” this May.

The showcase, which will take place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, will be produced in association with National Black Theatre.

Audiences will see “Highway 1, U.S.A.” by William Grant Still and Verna Arvey as well as Kurt Weill and Arnold Sundgaard’s “Down in the Valley.” Philip Shneidman will direct a production that also features choreography by Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish and fight direction by Brad Lemons. Gregory Hopkins will conduct and Catharine Miller will perform at the piano, leading a cast that stars sopranos Lynnesha Crump and Victoria Davis; mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft, tenor Omar Bowey, baritones Kyle Oliver, Ron Loyd; and bass-baritone Andrew Richardson, among others.

Performances are scheduled for May 31 – June 4, 2023.

Still’s “Highway 1, U.S.A.” premiered in 1964, tellin the story of a couple who run out of gas along the eponymous highway.

“Down in the Valley” bowed a few years earlier in 1948 and tells the story of a forbidden love, jealousy, and a hanging.