February 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00pm
February 10 at 2:00pm
The George R. White Studio (Attack Theatre and Pittsburgh Opera Building)
2425 Liberty Avenue, Strip District
A great story has the power to prolong the inevitable.
Attack Theatre presents the world premiere of Soap Opera in the George R. White Studio at their shared space with the Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District. Soap Opera features original works of contemporary dance in a mashup with opera classics and live performances by Pittsburgh Opera resident artist Nicole Rodin. This evening length performance tells the tale of a talented musical couple as she prepares herself and her husband for his expected passing, holding witness through the stories and adventures before embracing his inevitable departure.
Soap Opera draws inspiration from the classic tale of Scheherazade and the Persian King, where imparting one great story after another allowed her to survive for 1,001 nights. Attack Theatre expands and re-imagines this great tale to give it contemporary relevance and impact. As the main character of Soap Opera lives through his last moments, the great stories come to life before him in the form of dance and opera music.
Soap Opera features a seasoned cast of Attack Theatre performers: Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope (Attack Theatre Co-Founders, Artistic Directors and choreographers), Liz Chang, Dane Toney, and Ashley Williams (company dancers). Soap Opera also features Attack Theatre’s newest company member Brent Luebbert, guest dancers Kaitlin Dann and James Barrett, and musician Ian Green. Appearing courtesy of Pittsburgh Opera is Resident Artist, mezzo-soprano Nicole Rodin. Music direction comes from Attack Theatre’s longtime music director Dave Eggar with assistance by Pittsburgh Opera staff to bring an artful blend of recorded and live music for each performance.