Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Woman in the Wall Premieres at the Culver City Masonic Lodge

Balcony: Livia Reiner, Kathleen Kelso, and Octavia Leclerc-Jones.
 Below: Gretchen Johnson. Photo: Emily Brooke Sandor

Overtone Industries presents the world premiere of its new opera The Woman in the Wall, with two weekends of performances opening Friday, March 23 at the Masonic Lodge in Culver City. Reuniting the award-winning Overtone creative team of the critically-acclaimed 2010 Songs & Dances of Imaginary Lands, The Woman in the Wall is an operatic work by composer O-Lan Jones and librettist Kathleen Cramer, conducted by David O, and produced by Vibrant Production Management.

Inspired by the 14th Century tradition of The Anchoress, the opera is a “mystery play” in the ancient tradition; it explores the openings and paths inside that are revealed when all doors are locked shut. In the story, The Anchoress is a woman who volunteers to be enclosed for the rest of her life in a church cell, with one window open to the sacred world and the other open to the ordinary world.


Over the course of seven days, which cover seventeen years, we follow The Anchoress, “Marianna” (
Gretchen Johnson), as she becomes the inspirational advisor to everyone from the peasants to the king. The production features an orchestra of 10 instrumentalists, a cast of a dozen principal singers, and a 30-member chorus from the Angel City Chorale, led by Sue Fink.

The cast includes Eric Castro (King), Julie Christensen (Witch), Carmina Escobar (Love, Girl 2), Alan J. House (Soldier, Monk 2), Gretchen Johnson (Marianna, The Anchoress), Sergey Khalikulov (Fortitude), Matt McCray (Monday Priest, Man in Front), John Michael Morgan (Justice), Lori Scarlett (Temperance), MJ Silva (Bread Eating Peasant, Monk 1), Penelope Yates (Faith, Girl 1), Silvie Zamora (Hope, Peasant Woman), Lucine Zirekyants (Prudentia).


The opera, which is written in Medieval modes using instruments of the time, will run for two weekends – on Fridays and Saturdays –March 23 – 31, with performances starting at 8:00 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for Peasants (seating closest to the performers), $40 for Royalty (seating in the middle of the performance space), and $50 for the Virtuous (reserved seating on an elevated platform) and are available at
www.overtoneindustries.org  or by calling at 323-655-2410.
 
The Masonic Lodge is located at 9635 Venice Boulevard, Culver City, 90232. The show is suitable for mature teen and adult audiences.


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