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Center for Contemporary Opera presents DINNER AND DELUSION by Michael Sahl and Nancy Manocherian
The Cell
New York, NY
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Center for Contemporary Opera presents DINNER AND DELUSION by Michael Sahl and Nancy Manocherian
The Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO), dedicated to the development and production of new opera and music-theater, in association with the cell, presents a fully stage production and the U.S. premiere of Dinner and Delusion, music by Michael Sahl and libretto by Nancy Manocherian for four performances Thursday-Saturday, April 9-11 at 8pm and Sunday April 12, 3pm at the cell, 338 West 23 Street, New York.

Dinner and Delusion begins and ends with Passover Seders that take place sixty years apart. On Passover, 1949, a 15-year-old boy misbehaves with his Aunt Rosie. When he is locked in a closet for his misdeeds, he meets the prophet Elijah, who tells him that Rosie is the Shekkinah, the apparition of God as a female body, as known as the Eternal Feminine.

Manocherian and Sahl collaborated on the book and Sahl set her lyrics with a pastiche of romanticism and jazz borrowings from world music and traditional Jewish music. CCO presented a workshop of Dinner and Delusion at Symphony Space's Thalia Theater and had a successful performance of excerpts at New York City Opera's VOX.

About Michael Sahl
Composer Michael Sahl created and performed the tangos for the feature films Scent Of A Woman and True Lies.  For Stage he composed Junkyard Musical with text by Mel Mandel for Amas Repertory.  He was commissioned by the Cary Trust for Symphony 88 which was presented at Alice Tully Hall  He created the original score to Waiting For The Moon, feature film by Jill Godmilow, starring Linda Hunt and the Academy Award-nominated "Adam Clayton Powell"‚for The American Experience. Mr. Sahl also served as arranger/pianist for the Grammy-nominated The Tango Project Ensemble.

About Nancy Manocherian
Nancy Manocherian is a lyricist, playwright and producer and founding member of the cell theater company. Writing credits include Sin! (Second Stage Uptown Theatre), Rio, a Brazilian musical novella (Theatre for the New City) and Dinner and Delusion an opera she co-wrote with composer Michael Sahl (Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space and New York City Opera's VOX Festival). Nancy has been an associate producer and angel investor on a number of theatre projects, including the Broadway productions of The Little Dog Laughed, Dream−;A Johnny Mercer Musical, Jane Eyre, Barefoot in the Park, Joyce Carol Oates' play Cry Me a River and the London production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.


The Cell
338 West 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Center for Contemporary Opera
On BPT Since: Sep 23, 2008
Jim Schaeffer

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