The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (2010)

Libretto by Mac Wellman
Composed by David Lang
Directed by Luke Leonard
Music Directed by Lyn Koenning

April 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and May 1 at 8:00 PM
April 25 and May 1, 2 at 2:00 PM
B. Iden Payne Theatre

A slave-owning farmer in the pre-civil war American South 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.

Press and Reviews:
• The Difficulty of Crossing a Field Press Release
Austin American-Statesman Preview - 4/22/10
Austin American-Statesman Review - 4/25/10
Austin Chronicle Interview with Composer, David Lang: Part 1, "Possibility of Failure" - 4/30/10
Austin Chronicle Interview with Composer, David Lang: Part 2, "Mystery Is Where It's At" - 4/30/10
 

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