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Nov. 29 2023

A new “found” opera is no problem for Acme Corporation

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs | Comments Off on A new “found” opera is no problem for Acme Corporation

One of Baltimore’s most adventurous and consistently surprising performing groups, The Acme Corporation, is delivering the world premiere of a new opera, The Lights Went Out Because of a Problem, from November 30th through December 17th at the Voxel–9 W. 25th St in downtown Baltimore.

The piece, subtitled “a found opera,” features a libretto alternately found, arranged, and originally created by Lola B. Pierson; original music by Allison Clendaniel; and collaborative direction by Jarod Hanson and Lola B. Pierson–along with a multi-talented company of nine Baltimore performing artists.

Tickets are offered on a sliding scale of Pay-What-You’re-Able and are available, along with dates and times and more information, at www.theacmecorporation.org

WBJC listeners can get a 50% discount on any tickets purchased in the first week of the run by mentioning the code “WBJC.”

You can also read more about the piece and the process in an interview with the Baltimore Banner here 

And as always, if you miss us on the air at WBJC you can hear Lola and Jarod discuss the opera here:



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WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

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