Carmen Disruption by Simon Stephens
September 8 – October 15, 2017 / Saturdays @ 8:00pm and Sundays @ 3pm
Box Office: 310-453-9939 or purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3058204
"I'll gather my breath. I'll walk out of my room. I'll know exactly where I'm going to go. The voice in my head tells me exactly where to go."
An opera singer lost in the city. A gorgeous male prostitute. A tough-talking taxi driver. A global trader. A teenage dreamer. Everyone's looking for something they cant find in this US premiere of acclaimed British playwright Simon Stephens's strange and beautiful play that re-imagines Bizet's opera Carmen and explores the possibility of love in a fractured urban world.
The Singer, a mezzo-soprano who criss-crosses Europe playing the title role in Carmen has arrived in an unidentified city to do so again, but a random incident causes her already nebulous sense of self to start unraveling. Carmen, here a busy rent boy, has a disastrous encounter with a client that shakes his sense of self. Don Jose is a taxi-driving mother pining for her son. Meanwhile, a suicidal young girl, dumped by her boyfriend, is the bereft Micaela, and a corrupt futures trader assumes the role of Escamillo. These are lonely souls, yearning for love, home, a sense of self and real connection in an age of superficial digital communication and narcissistic, illusory identities. Simons uses broken shards of Bizet's opera to fashion a mosaic of monologues about our infatuation with technology and digital communication, less a recreation of the opera than a deconstruction of it, reflecting on the strangeness of a professional singer's life and the aching disconnection at the center of our atomized contemporary world.
Adult language and situations.
Simon Stephens is the Olivier and Tony Award-winning author of Heisenberg, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, On the Shore of the Wide World, Pornography, Punk Rock, and many others.
Third Weekend Q&A October 1:
After the 3:00pm performance on Sunday, October 1, please join us for an informal discussion with the cast and crew.
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