Carlisle Floyd’s “Of Mice and Men” will get a series of performances at the Madison Lyric Stage, starting on May 31, 2019. It will be the first time that the opera is presented in the state of Connecticut.
Per a press release, the opera will feature a unique immersive experience at the Deacon John Grave House and Farm in Madison, Connecticut, for a maximum of 40 audience members. Audience members will travel throughout the famed home throughout the performance, with the opening scenes taking place outdoors before moving across two different rooms for Acts one and two.
The opera will star Daniel Hague, Marc Deaton, Joanie Brittingham, George McTyre, Fredrick Goff, Jacob Boergesson, and Tim Reilly. Deaton will direct the production.
Additionally, there will be pre-performance festivities on the farm, including food, music, and an opportunity to meet the ranch-hands who work the Grave House land.
“An opera that takes place on a ranch, presented on the site of a former local farm, where we will also offer audiences the sights and sounds of life on the land…this is exactly what our theater company is all about,” said Marc Deaton, artistic director of Madison Lyric Stage, in the press release. “This is the first time this musical drama will be presented in Connecticut, and we are proud to bring this beautifully lyrical piece about the human spirit to local audiences in a way that will be accessible and immediate.”