This video was recorded by CultureHub for live-streaming via HowlRound.tv on Sunday, March 16, 2014 and included a teleconference Q&A with the creative team and students in cities around the world, such as , Austin, New York, Greece, Italy, and Zambia.
BUM PHILLIPS ALL-AMERICAN OPERA
By Monk Parrots (New York)
Music by Peter Stopschinski
Libretto by Kirk Lynn
Concept, Direction, Production Design by Luke Leonard
Assistant Directed by Joey LePage
Choreography by Charlotte Griffin
Set and Light Design by Marie Yokoyama
Costume Design by Alison Heryer
Projection Design by Darwin Gilmore
Associate Designers: Max Belanger, Trevor Cook, Rowan Doyle, Allee Ilardi, Mariah Ilardi-Lowy, Lucy Parker
"This will undoubtedly make for a fine evening's entertainment." - The New York Times
"Watching a staged depiction of the 'Luv Ya Blue" era is like biting into a deep-fried madeline." - Texas Monthiy
"This is not your typical night at the opera...unique, audacious, quirky, a proud underdog striving to succeed on its own terms." - USA Today Sports
"The opera world would be wise to take notice of Bum Phillips. It's exactly that kind of opera that can build bridges to non-traditional audiences." - Maxamoo(dot)com
"You're in for a treat 'cause there's a lot of talent on view in this production...The music by composer Peter Stopschinski is stunning...it's bound for even bigger venues and accolades." - The Artsy Voyager
This world premiere opera celebrates the improbable life of Bum Phillips, a National Football League legend and American icon. Inspired by Phillips’ motivational skills and homespun principles, this epic portrait of Bum Phillips pushes the boundaries of where and for whom opera is staged. This new work from Monk Parrots features composition from Peter Stopschinski and a libretto by Kirk Lynn, both members of the award-winning theatre collective Rude Mechs.
Bum Phillips All-American Opera (World Premiere) was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Supported by Bum Phillips Charities, Drift Studio NYC, La MaMa ETC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residency, Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, Hatchfund (formerly USA Projects), Opera Moderne, School of Visual and Performing Arts at Long Island University, The Baker Hughes Foundation, and an amazing bunch of individuals.
March 12-30, 2014: World Premiere, Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York
September 2013: Act I Workshop Performance at Dixon Place, New York
January-February 2013: Workshop: Act One at Long Island University Post Campus