UNFINISHED | CREATIVE INTENSIVE MAY 2019

May 2019

In May 2019, composer Josh Groffman, librettist Sarah Heady, stage director Amanda Consol, dramaturg Caitlin Kane, and Vital Opera General Director Kelvin Chan gathered for four days to continue working on Josh and Sarah’s Unfinished with a focus on refining the piece’s dramatic storytelling. It was amazing to have five smart, thoughtful artists working together for over 25 hours, grappling with difficult questions about the piece’s existing material, the role and ethics of music-theater in representing real-world, historical events, and the meaning of place and its loss. While these questions were challenging, our work was also open, creative, and joyful. Josh and Sarah will continue revising throughout the next year, working towards a new iteration of the work that we will present in Millbrook in June 2020. Huge thanks to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Special Initiative for the Humanities for providing space and funding for the Intensive!

In May 2019, composer Josh Groffman, librettist Sarah Heady, stage director Amanda Consol, dramaturg Caitlin Kane, and Vital Opera General Director Kelvin Chan gathered for four days to continue working on Josh and Sarah’s Unfinished with a focus on refining the piece’s dramatic storytelling. It was amazing to have five smart, thoughtful artists working together for over 25 hours, grappling with difficult questions about the piece’s existing material, the role and ethics of music-theater in representing real-world, historical events, and the meaning of place and its loss. While these questions were challenging, our work was also open, creative, and joyful. Josh and Sarah will continue revising throughout the next year, working towards a new iteration of the work that we will present in Millbrook in June 2020. Huge thanks to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Special Initiative for the Humanities for providing space and funding for the Intensive!

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