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Amanda Mason Warren and Jeffrey Carlson in Golden Age (photo by Mark Garvin)

Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera: Golden Age

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.

  • Mar. 12 - Apr. 4, 2010
  • Family Theater
  • Approx. 2-1/2 hours
  • $25.00 - $49.00
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About

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.

Artists

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

Watch and Listen

In Conversation: Terrence McNally

Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally gives insight into his multi-faceted career and the upcoming production of his Nights at the Opera trilogy in an intimate conversation with Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser.
Masters of McNally

In this moderated discussion, actors Zoe Caldwell, John Glover, Audra McDonald, and Richard Thomas reflect on the craft of acting and the joys and challenges of bringing Terrence McNally’s words to life.
Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (1)

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.
Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (2)

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.
Watch a scene from “Golden Age” (3)

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.

Related Events

In Conversation: Terrence McNally Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally gives insight into his multi-faceted career and the upcoming production of his Nights at the Opera trilogy.

Terrence McNally's <i>Nights at the Opera: The Lisbon Traviata</i> Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera: The Lisbon Traviata Deriving its title from an unauthorized recording of a Maria Callas performance in Lisbon which became a collector's item, The Lisbon Traviata reflects on romantic obsession and diva worship. Part of Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera.

Masters of McNally Masters of McNally In this moderated discussion, actors Zoe Caldwell, John Glover, Audra McDonald, and Richard Thomas reflect on the joys and the challenges in presenting the art of one of the great modern playwrights.

Terrence McNally's <i>Nights at the Opera: Master Class</i> Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera: Master Class Award-winning actress Tyne Daly stars as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony-winning Master Class, which depicts the diva reminiscing on the triumphs and tragedies of her life and career. Part of Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera.

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