Past Productions


2018-2019 Season

When Adonis Calls   is the story of an accomplished author struggling with writers block who is contacted by an eager young fan interested in both an artistic and personal correspondence. What follows is a sensual game of literary discovery that leads the two into realms of unbridled eroticism, demons, and secret longings. Their writings culminate in a meeting in the flesh that transcends beyond what either of them imagined when they first put pen to paper.  The opera blends a ninety minute score of romantic lyricism with dance and a fresh perspective of operatic storytelling. The piece utilizes an ensemble of two baritones, string quartet, percussionist, and two dancers.    Music by Clint Borzoni Libretto by John de los Santos  Poetry by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard  Cast:  Jon Wilson Nathan Kistler Brandon Sokol Zachary Angus   Conducted by  Alex Enyart  Directed by : Derek Van Barham

When Adonis Calls

is the story of an accomplished author struggling with writers block who is contacted by an eager young fan interested in both an artistic and personal correspondence. What follows is a sensual game of literary discovery that leads the two into realms of unbridled eroticism, demons, and secret longings. Their writings culminate in a meeting in the flesh that transcends beyond what either of them imagined when they first put pen to paper.

The opera blends a ninety minute score of romantic lyricism with dance and a fresh perspective of operatic storytelling. The piece utilizes an ensemble of two baritones, string quartet, percussionist, and two dancers.

Music by Clint Borzoni
Libretto by John de los Santos
Poetry by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard

Cast:
Jon Wilson
Nathan Kistler
Brandon Sokol
Zachary Angus

Conducted by Alex Enyart
Directed by: Derek Van Barham

Faulty Systems II: Breaking Out of a Forced Narrative  "Agony"  By Cullyn Murphy & "...for the sake of a narrative closure" By Sean Ellis Hussey     Agony Cast  : Matt Peckham Jordan Crice Jessie Lyons    For the Sake of Narrative Closure Cast:   Sally Olson Sarah Thompson Johansen Mary Lutz Govertsen Teaira Burge Marnie Baylouny Marysa Abbas   Conducted by  Alex Enyart

Faulty Systems II: Breaking Out of a Forced Narrative

"Agony"
By Cullyn Murphy
&
"...for the sake of a narrative closure"
By Sean Ellis Hussey


Agony Cast:
Matt Peckham
Jordan Crice
Jessie Lyons

For the Sake of Narrative Closure Cast:
Sally Olson
Sarah Thompson Johansen
Mary Lutz Govertsen
Teaira Burge
Marnie Baylouny
Marysa Abbas

Conducted by Alex Enyart

The Hat: Arendt Meets Heidegger     &    The Man Who Woke Up      The Hat   Music by Karen Siegel  Libretto by Zsuzsanna Ardó    The Man Who Woke Up   Music and Libretto by Robin Haigh    The Hat Cast:   Hannah Arendt: Emelia Clark Martin Heidegger: William Roberts Anne Mendelsson: Liana Gineitis Paul McCarthy: Matt Peckham    The Man Who Woke Up Cast:   The Man: Jonathan Wilson Whiskers, A Cat: Angela Born Owner, Whiskers' Owner: Eric Schlossberg Woman, Owner's Wife: Kelsea Webb   Conducted by  Alex Enyart  Directed by  Claire DiVizio

The Hat: Arendt Meets Heidegger
& The Man Who Woke Up

The Hat
Music by Karen Siegel
Libretto by Zsuzsanna Ardó

The Man Who Woke Up
Music and Libretto by Robin Haigh

The Hat Cast:
Hannah Arendt: Emelia Clark
Martin Heidegger: William Roberts
Anne Mendelsson: Liana Gineitis
Paul McCarthy: Matt Peckham

The Man Who Woke Up Cast:
The Man: Jonathan Wilson
Whiskers, A Cat: Angela Born
Owner, Whiskers' Owner: Eric Schlossberg
Woman, Owner's Wife: Kelsea Webb

Conducted by
Alex Enyart
Directed by
Claire DiVizio

 

2017-2018 Season

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Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris

music by Eric Lindsay

libretto by Tracy Truels

a World Premiere Edition commissioned by the company

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Uncle Alex

music by Joshua Bornfield

libretto by Caitlin Vincent

as part of Faulty Systems in collaboration with Adler University

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Dust of the Road
and Bobok

Dust of the Road by Marcus Maroney

Bobok by Andrey Komanetsky

 

2017-2018 Season

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The Final Battle for Love

By Philip Thompson

"Everyone should see this enigmatic piece, and everyone should see Thompson Street Opera giving it."

-Aaron Hunt, of Chicago Theatre Review

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Crocodiles, Copper Cups, and Cream Puffs

In collaboration with the "Inoffensive Theatre Series" at Stage773

"The Mouse Deer and the Crocodile"
by Hong-Da Chin
"The Rootabaga Stories"
by Yvonne Freckmann

 

2016 Festival Season

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The Man Who Woke Up

"...possibly the funniest opera this side of Gilbert & Sullivan."

-Keith Waits, Arts-Louisville

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Intoxication:
America’s Love Affair with Oil

by Chappell Kingsland

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Not for the Faint of Heart

works by Yvonne Freckmann, Jake Heggie, and Philip Thompson

 

2016 Festival Season

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Trifles

by John Bilotta

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The Mousedeer and the Crocodile

by Hong-Da Chin

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Cephalophore

by Chris Kincaid

World Premiere

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Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris

by Eric Lindsay

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Where the Foremost Flag was Flying

by Quinn Dizon

World Premiere

 

2014 Festival Season

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Emily

by Eva Kendrick

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ILE

by Ezra Donner

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Requiem for the Living

by Ronnie Reshef

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The Rootabaga Stories

by Yvonne Freckmann

 

2013 Festival Season

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Dust of the Road

by Marcus Maroney

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Bobok

by Andrey Komanetsky

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An Afternoon of Shorts:

Quantum Mechanic
by John Bilotta

Close Encounters of the Hillbilly Kind
by Yvonne Freckmann

Conversations Between owl, Nightingale, and Lark
by Hong-Da Chin

Snow White Turns Sixty
by Dale Trumbore