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SIX NEW YORKERS ON THE VERGE OF DESTINY
AVAILABLE: October 2019
9-10 is a dramatic opera for six singers who will perform tonal, yet compositionally sophisticated, stylistically assimilative music accompanied by a pre-recorded accompaniment that emanates from either a boombox or a juke box, unspools in a series of flashbacks, dream-sequences, and flash-forwards. The resulting through-story is a mobius strip rather than a straight line. We meet and get to know six New Yorkers the night before their rendezvous’ with destiny not in a taxicab like their Auden-esque forbears, but in an Italian Restaurant in New York’s Little Italy. First Production: Ganz Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Fall 2019
AN OPERA IN THE FORM OF A MASS
Opera speaks Truth to Power. The Catholic Mass is the Original (and probably the best) Opera. Our plan is to overlay an adaptation of Mr. Rolf Hochhuth's trenchant, searing play over a celebration of the Mass. The musical structure will therefore be based on the organization of the Mass (with a large, mixed choir performing it) and the dramaturgical structure of the play will function "over" and "between" the Mass as it is sung in Latin, as recitatives over the Latin, and as arias (called Tropes in musicalizations) between Mass movements.
Since the Opera will take place in one setting, with asides for cutaway action and scenes, the Opera will be equally successful both in concert and fully-staged versions, rendering the Opera more viable, and therefore more easily produced.
A WORK IN PROGRESS
AVAILABLE: October 2017
A Work in Progress Conceived, Written, and Directed by Daron Hagen produced by the Chicago College of the Performing Arts of Roosevelt University featuring The New Mercury Collective, the Fifth House Ensemble, and Atlas Arts Media.
Orson Rehearsed is a think-piece comprised of the Zuzu’s petals-like memory crumbs of a life—about accepting that Process is more important than Product, accepting that Life is more important than Art, accepting the bitter acceptance that one’s dreams had always been—and would remain—out of reach.