Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera The Lisbon TraviataBy Terrence McNally
Directed by Christopher Ashley
From comedies and dramas to musical theater and movies, Terrence McNally has secured his place among the great modern playwrights. McNally has earned four Tony Awards (Ragtime, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman
) and written theater hits from Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
to The Full Monty
. For the 2009–2010 Theater season, the Kennedy Center presents The Lisbon Traviata
, Master Class
, and Golden Age
, a special collection of three McNally plays on one of his favorite subjects--the opera. The Lisbon Traviata
places the two faces of classic theater, comedy and tragedy, in stark relief. Stephen, portrayed by Tony Award nominee Malcolm Gets
), especially adores Maria Callas and dishing the latest gossip with his best friend, the wildly flamboyant and catty opera queen Mendy, who is played by Tony winner John Glover
(Love! Valour! Compassion!
). They talk late into the night in an attempt to distract Stephen from his unraveling relationship with his partner. When Stephen returns home to confront his lover, a tragedy erupts on the scale of a grand opera. The New York Times
proclaims, with "humor malevolent to the point of bitchiness… dissolving into an aria of violence…Lisbon Traviata
is a defiant attempt to confront demons."The Lisbon Traviata
features set design by Derek McLane
, costume design by David Woolard
, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg
, and sound design by Jon Gromada
.Please Note: This production contains strong language and brief nudity.
Performance Timing: Act I - 62 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 58 min.