Date(s) of Performance
9/14/2018 - 9/23/2018
Director: Mary Birnbaum; Music Director: Constantine Kitsopoulos
Music: Frank London; Libretto: Elise Thoron; Music Director/Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos; Stage Director: Mary Birnbaum; Choreographer: Maija Garcia
Performers: Nathaniel Stampley, Matthew Patrick Morris, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, Nicolette Mavroleon, Ethan Simpson, Tomas Cruz, Enrique Acevedo, Gerardo Contino, Jen Anaya, Eliza Bonet, Tislarm Bouie, Lauren Cox, Myriam Gadri, Abdiel Jacobsen, Sandra Marante, Jorell Williams
HATUEY: Memory of Fire is a soaring Cuban-Yiddish opera, a love story set in a Havana nightclub in 1931. Oscar, a young Jewish writer who escaped the pogroms in the Ukraine to make a new home in Cuba, falls in love with Tinima, a beautiful singer and passionate revolutionary of Taino descent. As Oscar pens an epic poem about Cuba’s legendary 16th century freedom fighter, Hatuey, Tinima draws him into her fight against the corrupt Machado regime. This vibrant fusion of Afro-Cuban and Yiddish music and culture is also a powerful celebration of freedom performed in English, Yiddish, and Spanish with English supertitles.
Theatre and Performance Studies