Thompson Street Opera Company
for our
2019-2020 season

Faulty Systems: Hope & Home

Presented in collaboration
The Center for Intuitive
& Outsider Art

by Rebekah Driscoll

Dec. 6
at 7:30pm
Dec. 7
at 2:00pm

Intuit Center Gallery
756 N Milwaukee Ave

In December, the company leaps into its first collaboration with Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art for their annual mid-season multidisciplinary event. Faulty Systems: Hope & Home will bring together artists of many mediums with social activists to engage as a community with the issue of homelessness and housing insecurity.

As part of the event, TSOC will present the premiere of Rebekah Driscoll’s short opera Apart/ment, which tells four different stories of how individuals become homeless, and urges the audience to remember that we are all neighbors in the city we call home.

Led by company Artistic & Executive Director Claire DiVizio, sopranos Jessie Lyons, Tracey Furling, and Angela Born and mezzo-soprano Evita Trembley will bring these painfully relatable characters to life. TSOC is elated to have support from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for this unique event.

Graphic by Megan Reh

Graphic by Megan Reh

Trifles & Sojourner Truth

by John Bilotta
libretto by
John McGrew
adapted from the play
by Susan Glaspell

Sojourner Truth
by Stanley Friedman
libretto adapted from writings by
Sojourner Truth

March 26, 27, 28
at 8:00pm
March 29
at 3:00pm

Athenaeum Theatre
Studio Three
2936 N Southport Ave

Graphic by Megan Reh

Graphic by Megan Reh

The season concludes with a double bill of two works celebrating great feminist thinkers, just in time for Women’s History Month. Led by the all-female team of director Christie Chiles Twillie and music director Alexandra Enyart, the double bill opens with Trifles by John Bilotta, based on the play of the same name by Susan Glaspell.

Considered one of the first pieces of American feminist theatre, it was also turned into a wildly successful episode of “Alfred Hitchock Presents” under the title “A Jury of Her Peers.” A man has been murdered in his bed, his body discovered by the farmer Lewis Hale, and the man’s wife is the prime suspect. Sheriff Peters and County Attorney Henderson make a visit to the house to search for evidence, while the Sheriff and Hale’s wives accompany them to collect personal items for the accused woman. While the men come up empty-handed, the women make a discovery that leads them to question their duty as women in a man’s world.

Making her company debut as Mrs. Peters is soprano Schyler Sheltrown, fresh from an appearance in the title role of The Ballad of Baby Doe with Toledo Opera. In the role of Lewis Hale is baritone Zachary Angus, following a much-lauded appearance in TSOC’s 2018 When Adonis Calls and a season as a Resident Artist with Indianapolis Opera. Tenor Dennis Kalup is County Attorney Henderson, baritone Matthew Brennan is Sheriff Peters, and mezzo-soprano Brittany Jeffries is Mrs. Hale.

Following an intermission, TSOC is honored to present the Chicago debut of Lexington-based dramatic soprano Shareese Johnson, in the title role of Sojourner Truth by composer Stanley Friedman. A native of Alabama, Shareese has recently appeared as Brigitta in Iolanta with Queen City Opera, Senta (cover) in Der Fliegende Holländer and Serena in Porgy and Bess with Princeton Festival Opera, and in the title role of Suor Angelica with Converse Opera Theatre. Chicago soprano Amanda Noelle Neal acts as understudy. With a libretto based on the writings of the iconic abolitionist and women’s rights activist, this captivating monodrama follows Truth later in her life as she reminisces how far she has come, and how far America still has to go.