Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera: Golden Age

Friday, March 12, 2010 - Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Kennedy Center presents the D.C. premiere of Terrence McNally's Golden Age, a backstage drama surrounding the premiere of Bellini's final opera I Puritani. Part of Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera.


$25.00 - $49.00

Run Time:

Approx. 2-1/2 hours

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Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera
Washington Premiere
Golden Age
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Walter Bobbie

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.
Produced through a grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Terrence McNally's Golden Age comes to the Center fresh from its world premiere at Philadelphia Theatre Company. A tale of operatic intrigue, Golden Age takes place backstage at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris on the evening of the premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani. Assembled are the composer, his faithful friend Francesco Florimo, and the four singers known the world over as The Puritani Quartet. Bellini thought this opera would cement his supremacy over his rival Gaetano Donizetti. It was to be his last.

The production features the ensemble cast of Rebecca Brooksher as Grisi, Jeffrey Carlson as Bellini, Roe Hartrampf as Florimo, Marc Kudisch as Tamburini, Hoon Lee as Lablache, Christopher Michael McFarland as Rubini, Benjamin Cook as Page, Amanda Mason Warren as Malibran, and, as Rossini, George Morfogen (March 12–28) and Dan Manning (March 30–April 4).

Golden Age features set design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Richard St. Clair, lighting design by Jason Lyons, and sound design by Ryan Rumery.

Please Note: This performance contains strong language.

Performance Timing: Approximately 2-1/2 hours, including one intermission.


  • Terrence McNally - Playwright
  • Walter Bobbie - Director
  • Rebecca Brooksher - Grisi
  • Jeffrey Carlson - Bellini
  • Roe Hartrampf - Florimo
  • Marc Kudisch - Tamburini
  • Hoon Lee - Lablache
  • Christopher Michael McFarland - Rubini
  • Benjamin Cook - Page
  • Amanda Mason Warren - Malibran
  • George Morfogen - Rossini, Mar. 12-28
  • Dan Manning - Rossini, Mar. 30-Apr. 4

Watch and Listen

In Conversation: Terrence McNally

Masters of McNally

Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (1)

Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (2)

Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (3)

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