Acquanetta by Michael Gordon
Performances: July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21.
An homage to the campy and spine-chilling horror films of the 1940s, Acquanetta combines theater, opera, and film to explore the world of a real-life B-movie star with a mysterious past. With a soaring and often comic score from Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon and text by librettist Deborah Artman, Acquanetta examines the ways the movie camera manipulates how we see and are seen. A vivid cast of characters reveal their inner longings and emotional shadows in a haunting meditation on identity, transformation, stereotypes, and typecasting, set in the heyday of Hollywood glamour. This visual and musical tour de force is directed by Daniel Fish, whose 2015 SummerScape production of Oklahoma! transfers to Broadway this spring.