Due to the success of our recent performances, we have added two dates to allow more people to enjoy the show!
Ten years ago, critic Anne Midgette of The New York Times coined the phrase "Indie Opera" in the article "Never Say Die in Indie Opera," which featured the world premiere performance of Yoav Gal's comic opera THE DWARF, staged in a tiny storefront by an adventurous Brooklyn opera company, Vertical Player Repertory (VPR).
This year, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of that performance and therefore perhaps the birth of "Indie Opera," VPR has revived THE DWARF in a striking, site-specific production directed by acclaimed multimedia artist and director Doug Fitch. The performers invite the audience to wander through a rambling, raw midtown space, peering into rooms and settings which the story inhabits. Two gala evenings were completely full, prompting VPR to add two performances on the 5th and 7th of December to accommodate demand.
Doug Fitch will be your host for the evening, leading you and the cast through the labyrinthine environs of our secret performance space, The Blue Building. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event!
VPR premiered Gal's quirky first opera, THE DWARF, in 2003. THE DWARF tells of the Lady Katherina Kaiser and the attention she arouses by wearing a provocatively capacious dress. What...or whom...is she concealing under there?
Thursday, Dec 5, 8:00 PM and Saturday, Dec 7, 8:00 PM
The Blue Building 222 East 46th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Aves) New York City
Peter Szep, Conductor Douglas Fitch, Director
The Cast Kevin Courtemanche as Lingus the Dwarf Judith Barnes as Lady Katherina Kaiser Scott Lindroth as Chanticleer Glenn Seven Allen as Mr. T Tyler Putnam as Mr. B
Matthew Lobaugh, piano Jonas Tauber, double bass Joe Fee, percussion
"Ambitious, accomplished indie-opera troupe Vertical Player Repertory offers...a revival of a comic opera by Yoav Gal successfully produced by VPR in 2003...remounted with director Douglas Fitch..." Time Out New York
"the music illustrates the humorous fairy tale quality of the story by giving its harmonies a sardonic twist" Anne Midgette, The New York Times
"a twisted world whose inhabitants are prisoners of their own conceptions" -Brooklyn Heights Press
Drawing: Lady Katherina Kaiser by Doug Fitch Video credit: Footage from the 2003 premiere production at VPR, edited by Eddie Nichols.
The Blue Building
222 East 46th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Aves)
New York, NY 10017