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Edgar Allan Poe Opera in Ft. Worth 2016 season
EMBEDDED, the Edgar Allan Poe opera written by Deborah Brevoort, will be produced by the Ft. Worth Opera in their 2016 season. The production is timely as Goddard College rolls out its new focus on libretto writing.
EMBEDDED is part of the Poe Project, a double-bill comprised of two one-act operas, that was commissioned by American Lyric Theater in honor of the Poe Centennial in 2009.The results are two chilling works for the opera stage.
ALT began the project by posing the question, “What might Poe write if he were alive today?” Since Poe is the mastermind of terror, Brevoort and Soluri started with the subject of fear, by asking themselves what they were afraid of, and what could they write that would scare contemporary Americans who have seen it all.
For Deborah, the answer was simple. ” I live I New Jersey and commute to New York City twice a day through the Lincoln Tunnel, which is a prime target for terrorists, ” she said. “I also live with the anxiety and fear of being a “woman of a certain age” in a field that is male dominated and youth obsessed.”
With these fears in mind, Brevoort and Soluri decided to explore terrorism, sexism and ageism. They took the Poe classic, Cask of the Amontillado, and set it in the world of broadcast journalism during the age of terrorism. Embedded tells the story of Sylvia Malow, an aging anchor on a national news show who is tossed aside because of her age. She tries to save her career by embedding herself as a journalist in a terrorist cell that is planning a new attack on New York City.
Deborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is performed throughout the United States and internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition. Translated into 10 languages, the play has had nearly 400 productions to date. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre for King Island Christmas with David Friedman and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with Scott Richards. Her plays, which have been produced at Virginia Stage, Purple Rose, Barter Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Mixed Blood and numerous other theatres, include The Poetry of Pizza, The Comfort Team, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Velvet Weapon, Signs of Life and others. Her work is published by Dramatist Play Service, Samuel French, Applause Books and No Passport Press. Brevoort is an alumnus of New Dramatists, and a member of ASCAP and the National Theatre Conference. She wrote the opera librettos for Embedded (composer: Patrick Soluri), which was commissioned by the American Lyric Theater and won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera; Steal a Pencil for Me (composer Gerald Cohen) and new adaptations of Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s The Impressario for the Anchorage Opera. Blue Moon Over Memphis, her Noh drama about Elvis Presley is being produced in the traditional Noh style by Theatre Nohgaku and will begin touring internationally in 2015. Her latest project is Crossing Over, an Amish Hip Hop musical, with Stephanie Salzman. It is currently in development.