the difficulty of crossing a field, an opera by Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang, tells the story of a slave-owning farmer in the pre-civil war American South who walks across his field in Selma, Alabama and disappears in plain view of his neighbors, his family, and his slaves. Everyone has his or her view of what the disappearance means, but the more the witnesses try to recount the disappearance, the more elusive it becomes. Crossing the boundaries of musical theatre and opera in this inventive new play mixes spoken and sung text with a moving score and intense drama.
This scene is from opening night in Austin with the UT Theater department.
Filmed by John Clare for Texas Public Radio.