“Original Innocence” is a new rock opera conceived by Dave Nuss and Eric Sanders.
This video is made possible, in part, through support from Meet the Composer - Creative Connections.
A traveling troupe of performers from a new religious sect dramatically depict their theology in a tent-meeting style ‘passion play’ about the creation of the world. While their tale includes familiar characters from the Biblical narrative — Adam, Eva, Lucifer, and Satan — their myth explores more ‘Eastern’ spiritual concepts of liberation and enlightenment, redefining humanity not as corrupted by but born from ‘original sin.’ The narrative tells of the pre-historical mythology of our world, offering a tale of Adam and Eva’s ‘first love’ in which their ‘sin’ ultimately leads to our ‘salvation’: the beginning of our human existence and ability to love.
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Video by Blair Neal.
Musical footage from an acoustic preview at "The Symposium on Creation Mythology."
Music/Lyrics/Writer: Dave Nuss
Writer: Eric Sanders
Director: Pat Diamond
Stage Manager: Samantha Gallardo
Choreographer: Deborah Lohse
Costume Consultant: Camille Assaf
Lighting Consultant: Brian Tovar
Featuring: Stephen Bel Davies, Nick Houhoulis, Christiana Little, Sara Martin, Kevin Reed, Scoop Slone, Stephanie Tennill, and Meggan Utech
Guitar: Anders Nilsson
Bass: Dan Shuman
Drums: Dave Nuss
Art: Kim Seltzer and Adam Doyle