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Thomas Paine in Violence Paul Pinto

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Thomas Paine in Violence ran in the Mainstage Theatre from November 6-18, 2017.

About the show

Thomas Paine in Violence is an electronic psychedelic opera-sermon set in a radio station in the afterlife of the Founding Father and international activist. Joan La Barbara portrays Paine struggling to broadcast a message of economic justice amidst a whirlwind of lightning-quick singing, autotuned shock-jockery, gadgets, voices, instruments, and sonic chaos.

In association with thingNY.

Learn more about the show and the process on the HARP Atmosphere blog.

*Special Workshop: Accessible Music Notation*
FREE & open to the public
Nov. 11 @ 4pm
A short demonstration and Q&A on some "democratic" contemporary notation used in this opera, including some notation techniques (such as graphic scores and text or instruction scores) that make music more accessible to performers with little or no western classical music training. 


Created, Written, and Scored by Paul Pinto
Directed by Rick Burkhardt
Scenic Design by Carolyn Mraz
Lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound Design by Philip White
Choreographed by Chloe Treat
Sound Engineered by Gus Callahan
Stage Managed by Alex B. West

Starring: Joan La Barbara, Christian Luu, Andrew Mayer, Paul Pinto, Eddie Rodriguez Jr., Erin Rogers, Mélanie Genin, Andrew Livingston, Pat Muchmore, Kate Sloat, and Jeffrey Young

Additional words by Rick Burkhardt; Electronic score developed with assistance by Miguel Frasconi

Photo by Benjamin Heller, graphic design by Katie Dean



Nov 6-18

Mon, Nov 6 & Tue, Nov 7 @ 8:30PM
Wed-Sun @ 8:30PM

Running time 75 minutes

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