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The Scarlet Ibis Stefan Weisman / David Cote

The Scarlet Ibis ran January 8- 17 at HERE's Mainstage Theatre as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival 2015.  



About the show

Inspired by the short story by James Hurst, The Scarlet Ibis is an opera about brotherhood, illness, and the power of the imagination to soar above physical limitations. This world premiere by composer Stefan Weisman (Darkling) and librettist David Cote fuses singers, puppetry, and multimedia stagecraft to tell the story of a remarkable disabled boy whose older brother pushes him to be “normal.” Set in rural North Carolina a century ago, The Scarlet Ibis contrasts notions of physical wholeness with mystical otherness. Episodic and expressionistic, the narrative draws on elements of Southern Gothic, boy’s adventure, and domestic tragedy. OBIE Award-winning director Mallory Catlett stages the premiere, and Steven Osgood conducts the American Modern Ensemble. For audiences 10 and up.  

The Scarlet Ibis is a part of our third annual PROTOTYPE Festival, co-produced with Beth Morrison Projects. For more information on the artists, works and events in this year's festival please visit the PROTOTYPE website.


Music by Stefan Weisman
Libretto by David Cote
Inspired by the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, first published in the July 1960 edition of The Atlantic Monthly
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Music Direction by Steven Osgood
Puppetry Design by Tom Lee
Set Design by Joseph Silovsky
Lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Costume Design by Andreea Mincic
Stage Manager Alyssa K. Howard
Featuring the American Modern Ensemble



Eric S. Brenner
Hai-Ting Chinn
Abigail Fischer
Nicole Mitchell
Keith Phares

Eric Avery
Josh Rice

Meghan Williams

Commissioned and developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and Dream Music Puppetry Program
Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects & HERE
Produced in association with American Opera Projects