The Long Christmas Dinner Chicago Fringe Opera

A chamber opera by German composer Paul Hindemith.

A series of Christmas dinners are celebrated by one family over a period of ninety years, fused into a single, long meal. Hindemith's expressive music reveals what Wilder called the "mill of time": a simultaneous view of the past, present, and future, allowing us to choose whether to perceive such overlap as misfortune, or consolation, or both at once.

 

Tickets: $15-40.  Info/Box Office: 773-312-393

 


November: 16 (8p), 18 (3p), 25 (3p) and 29 (8p) - December 1 (8p)

8p (11/16, 11/29, 12/1); 3p (11/18 and 11/25)


American playwright Thornton Wilder (who wrote Our Town) adapted his own play for German composer Paul Hindemith's 1963 English-language chamber opera. A series of Christmas dinners are celebrated by one family over a period of ninety years, fused into a single, long meal. Hindemith's expressive music reveals what Wilder called the "mill of time": a simultaneous view of the past, present, and future, allowing us to choose whether to perceive such overlap as misfortune, or consolation, or both at once.

 

 

Performers
Jessie Lyons, Melissa Arning, Tierra Whetson, Gabriel Di Gennaro, Andrew Grable, Zachary Angus, Jonathan Zeng, Naomi Brigell, Megan Fletcher, Thomas Bailey

Production
Music Director -Catherine O'Shaughnessy; Director - George Cederquist; Stage Manager - Shelby Krarup; Scenic Designer - Brad Caleb Lee; Costume Designer - Stephanie Cluggish; Lighting Designer - Jay Koch; Technical Director- Ted Nazarowski; Rehearsal and Performance Pianist - Anatoliy Torchinskiy; Assistant Director-Alexis Randolph; Production Assistant - Eric Turner; Executive Director Julia Elise Hardin

Tags: Theater, American, 2018