FREE event, tickets required. Free tickets will be distributed, up to two (2) per person in line, in the States Gallery, approximately 30 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are subject to availability.
A staged reading of Fallujah
Libretto by Heather Raffo
Music by Tobin Stokes
Conducted by Miloš Repický
Directed by Joanna Settle
Inspired by the life and work of USMC Christian Ellis
Watch a preview of the show.
Fallujah is a contemporary chamber opera that excavates the human and social effects of the legacy of the Iraq War. Marine sergeant Philip Houston has not been able to face his mother since returning from battle. Over a 72-hour holding period in a veterans' hospital following his third suicide attempt, Philip frequently flashes back to Fallujah, providing a glimpse inside real hearts and minds before one of the Iraq War's biggest battles. The result is a heart-wrenching, mind-opening story from award-winning Iraqi American playwright Heather Raffo and Canadian composer Tobin Stokes. Ultimately, Fallujah examines who we become when bearing witness to violence, and the relationships that piece us back together.
Recommended for mature audiences. In English.
Performance Timing: Act One - 55 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Two - 45 min.
There will be a 20-minute Q&A immediately following the performance.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
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