DIRECTION & ORIGIN
Grethe Barrett Holby
The knights of the King Arthur's Fellowship of the Round Table are celebrating the end of the year when they are rudely interrupted by a monstrous green knight who challenges them to a "game." Sir Gawain accepts the knight's challenge and embarks on a series of strange adventures until he encounters his most difficult challenge yet, which leads him to compromise the high standards he has set for himself. He realizes that his hopes of attaining perfection as a Knight of the Fellowship are gone forever. In the climax of this mysterious and stirring tale, we learn how Sir Gawain's fateful encounter with the Green Knight ends, and how he and the Fellowship of the Round Table deal with the ethical dilemma of honor lost.
American Opera Projects & TADA! NYC, October-November 2001
Orlando Shakespeare Festival PlayFest, February 2006
Brought to life by four actor-singers, ''Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'' is a lively introduction to both the Arthurian court and to opera.
-Laurel Graeber, The New York Times
The kids in the audience got the moral, the grownups thought the music was cool, and we all giggled at the manure cart and at the way somebody’s bloody head goes flying. (This is, after all, the Dark Ages.) Laughs, blood, beautiful music — Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has it all.
- Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Sentinel Theater Blog