PROTOTYPE: Opera / Theatre / Now Festival Announces 10th Annual Event

By David Salazar

The 10th annual PROTOTYPE: Opera / Theatre / Now Festival in New York City has been announced and is set to take place between Jan. 7-16, 2022.

The showcase will include four world premieres produced by a total of 600 diverse artists.

First up will be “The All Sing” composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain and written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The work will be directed by Carolyn Kuan. The work will bring together more than 1,000 people.

Next up will be Taylor Mac and Matt Ray’s “The Hang.” The work “imagines the final moments of Socrates’ life as a centuries-long hang. The show invites audiences to a joyous ritual that celebrates queerness, consideration, and the eternity of the moment.”

Audiences will also see Emma O’Halloran and Mark O’Halloran’s “Trade / Mary Motorhead.” The double bill will be directed by Tom Creed and conducted by Julian Wachner.

Audiences will also get to experience Grace Galu and Baba Israel’s “Cannabis! A Viper Vaudeville.” The work, which explores the history of cannabis in the U.S. and its impact on humanity, will be co-directed by Talvin Wilks and Baba Israel.

Finally, the festival will premiere “Book of Mountains and Seas.” The work was written and composed by Huang Ruo and will be directed by Basil Twist. Paul Hillier conducts. The work is inspired by 4th-century B.C. Chinese myths.