A Roadkill Opera Releases Lyrics to “Opening Night”

Opening Night

Stephan
Now it’s time,
rev up the crowd.

We count on you to get them loud.

Op’ning Night— our time has come, now.
Op’ning Night— our time has come and
we are counting on you,
know that we are counting on you, trouper.

You trouper!
You trouper!

If you only will permit me,
I would like to say that we could not do this show
without your assistance,
without all your music.

Now it’s time, rev up the crowd.
We count on you to get this crew loud,
really loud!

Op’ning Night— our time has come,
and we know our lives will never be quite the same.
Yes, we know our lives will never be the same.

Dave
Do you really think I have such talent?

Stephan
There can be no doubt about it,
there can be no doubt about it.

Dave
You show taste,
impressive as discerning.

Stephan
There can be no doubt about it.
There can be no doubt about it.

Dave
I must say, you are impressive
when it comes to your taste
about musicians.

Stephan
Yes, I pride myself on my immaculate taste,
I do, I do.
Check it out, man,
the chicks dig you.

Dave
You’re so screwy

Stephan
Eh? It is so obvious.
Take it for granted if you wish to.
If you think that you are, you’re that kind of guy.
You think that you’re that kind of guy,
then you’re that kind of guy.

Debby
I’ve come to show my support
as you go on for the first time.

I’m sure you’ll knock ‘em
all dead in the aisles
and your reputations will be
cemented by the morning.

I hope you all have a great time.
I really hope that you all have a great time,
that you will look back in the morning
and be happy.

Stephan
What about it, my friend?

Dave
My sentiments, my sentiments.
My sentiments, my sentiments.

(to Debby)
Am I ready to go on yet?

Debby
I’ve no doubt this is your moment.

Dave
What is your most fervent desire?

Debby
Play with genius.
Try to make it so I feel it when you spit-take.

Play with passion!
Make me feel it!
Earn the admiration of your audience.

Dave
I want to hear your opinion.
Please stick around past the show.
Stephan
She is so cute! What a woman!
Got to get to know her now.

Debby
Well, I’ve got to run now, I’m due out front
to collect the tickets.
Really, I must be going.
Dave
I want to hear your opinion.
Please stick around past the show
so I can get to know you.
Stephan
She is so cute! What a woman!
Got to get to know her now,
to know her now.

Dave
Oh, please stick around, please stick around,
please stick around past the show.
Stephan
Get to know her, get to know her,
got to get to know her now.
Holly
Really, I must be going.

Dave
Come see me at intermission.

Debby
I will see what I can do, then.

Dave
Please don’t cast me as a delinquent,
the very thought makes me shudder.

Debby
Don’t be sure of what I’m thinking,
life is really not that simple.
Please excuse me now, I must be going.

Dave
I don’t know what you see in him.
I am really so much better, I
don’t know what you see in this fellow.

Debby
He does a mean Jello-churner.
He slays me, he slays me—
he slays me with his churning.

Dave
I want to hear your opinion.
Please stick around past the show.
Stephan
She’s so cute! What a woman!
Got to get to know her now.

Debby
Well, I’ve really got to go now.
No, I really must be gone. Now. Now go.
Dave
I want to hear your opinion,
your opinion tell me now.
I want to hear what you think now.
Stephan
She is so cute! What a woman!
Got to get to know her now.
She is so cute!

Dave
I want to hear, I want to hear, I want to hear
what you think now, what you think now.
Stephan
I’ve got to know, I’ve got to know,
I’ve got to get to know her now.
Holly
You see, I really have to go now,
it’s nothing personal.

Dave
Yes, please stick around now.
Please stick around now past the show.
I want to know you, please stick around,
please stick around, please stay.
Stephan
Must get to know her. Must get to know her.
Got to, got to, got to now.
Got to get to know her, got to got to
got to get to know her, know her now.
Debby
I’ve got to go now. Please,
understand it’s nothing personal at all,
no, not personal, not personal at all.

A Roadkill Opera’s Key Takeaways from CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017

What a great conference!

Like any first-time attendee, I was a little nervous and a bit intimidated at the prospect, but all that went away as soon as I arrived. CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 registration staff were kind enough to confirm the translations for the ideograms on the promotional chopsticks for A Roadkill Opera DIY as “double happiness” on the red sleeves and “harmony” on the chopsticks proper. I hadn’t even attended my first session, and they already exceeded my expectations!

My first stop after registration was at Hatch Show Print and my last stop was the afterparty; great things happened at every event along the way.

Photo of Kathy standing at service desk in front of the Hatch Show Print workshop full of presses
Hatch Show Print was my first stop after registration at CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference 2017. Kathy and the rest of the artists there are always ready with friendly advice–and they design custom posters! Including the one for A Roadkill Opera at Artomatic 2012 in Crystal City, Virginia–but that’s another story…
Photo of A Roadkill Opera's Librettist/Executive Producer Stephan Alexander Parker, AVL Digital CEO Tony van Veen, and Bram Bessoff, Founder/President of Indiehitmakers
At the afterparty for CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 at the Tin Roof Nashville, are those thought bubbles over the head of Tony van Veen, CEO of AVL Digital (Dic Makers/CDBaby)? Is he  thinking Indiehitmaker’s Founder/President Bram Bessoff  is “naughty” and  A Roadkill Opera‘s Librettist/Executive Producer Stephan Alexander Parker is “nice”? And who is that photobomber behind Bram?

To a packed house in the session “Making Music Merchandise Work for You,” the Merch Cat team provided spot-on advice on merch, from graphics (keep band logos simple and consistent on t-shirts) to fabrics (better quality t-shirts are worth it–they sell better, they get worn more, and they have higher mark-ups) to leveraging merchandise bundles to boost music sales and charts (if you track them and document them properly).

Photo of Vanessa Ferrer at the podium festooned with posters from a Walking Dead star and A Roadkill Opera. In front of the podium is a row of chairs with t-shirts and table vocoder with alternative swag, such as custom incense packaging from a reggae artist.
Merch Cat’s Vanessa Ferrer discusses the proper range of merchandise at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017. She discussed the importance of standard items such as hats and t-shirts, as well as items like really, really cool posters.
Photo of standing room only crowd for Merch Cat's session at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
There was a standing room only (SRO) crowd for Merch Cat’s first session at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Photo of Gas Money Merch Co-owner Karen Corzine and Merch Cat's Vanessa Ferrer at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017
Gas Money Merch Co-owner Karen Corzine describes how a proper merchandise mix allows a touring band to afford to get down the road to the next gig. Merch Cat’s Vanessa Ferrer describes how to use software to track your merchandise mix on the road and maximize its performance.

Gas Money Merch Co-owner Karen Corzine described how cost-effective it is to work with companies that have in-house designers. For a small fee, they can transform your idea into a durable image that you can use and reuse on your merchandise.

I can attest to that: the talented staff at Hatch Show Print designed a killer poster for the Artomatic 2012 stand-and-sing concert performance of A Roadkill Opera. When our 2013 studio demo session morphed into a commercial release, we licensed the Hatch design and used it for the published sheet music, CD covers, and t-shirts.

Photo of Michelle Borek and Josh Larkins of Disc Makers (AVL Digital Group) with A Roadkill Opera poster at the CD Baby DIY Musicians Conference 2017
Disc Makers (AVL Digital Group)’s Senior Marketing Manager Michelle Borek and her colleague Josh Larkins admired the Hatch Show Print poster that served as the cover for A Roadkill Opera‘s sheet music and CD at the CD Baby DIY Musicians Conference 2017.
Photo of A Roadkill Opera's merch display in the Merch Cat sessions at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017
A Roadkill Opera‘s merch display can be put up or taken down in about 20 minutes. It was invited to set up as a demonstration of good practice as part of the Merch Cat sessions at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Bram Bessoff of indiehitmaker likes the Roadkill Opera logo; Gas Money Merch’s Karen Corzine likes the red viola case; Merch Cat’s Vanessa Ferrer likes the large, visible pricing on the pop-up display.

Vanessa Ferrer, Karen Corzine, and Bram Bessoff described how important it is to display merch properly and how to do so economically. They also provided feedback to the audience on their merch and merch display ideas. “Fan designed shirts are the best sellers,” said Gas Money Merch’s Karen Corzine, adding “Lyric shirts are popular.”

Photo of David Paige and Merch Cat's Vanessa Ferrer at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017
David Paige describes using technology to sell his entire catalog–and a live recording from that night’s performance–on a slap-on USB. Indiehitmakers’ Bram Bessoff then added a strategy to leverage those physical media sales to boost where they chart.
Photo of Bram Bessoff on the dais
Indiehitmaker’s Founder/President Bram Bessoff discusses the importance of logos. Here he is holding a David Paige slap-on wrist band with USB.

A Roadkill Opera‘s Stephan Alexander Parker described the importance of extending the range of merch from bumper stickers to limited edition neck ties. Another audience member described custom-imprinted harmonicas.

Photo of a woman in the audience holding a microphone and describing her merchandise strategy
Audience members listen attentively in the CD Baby DIY Musicians Conference 2017 session “Making Music Merchandise Work for You” as the woman on the left describes the custom-imprinted harmonicas that she sells to her fans–including a 1-inch version (that is, a 1-inch harmonica). Hmmm, that might make a good tie-in for A Roadkill Opera‘s grand finale…
Merch Cat’s Founder/CEO Vanessa Ferrer describes the costs and qualities of t-shirt fabrics at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Photo of YouTube swag--tube socks at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
If you paid attention at the YouTube session at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, you could snag YouTube swag–in this case, tube socks. And they match the viola case for A Roadkill Opera!

In the Ballroom, Rick Barker, President and CEO of Social Media for Music, described tools for monetizing live streaming.  Barker knows a thing or two about marketing, having spent two years managing the day-to-day career of superstar Taylor Swift. He got his start managing a girls soccer team. He served as Social Media Mentor for the American Idol contestants and currently manages Idol winner and Big Machine recording artist Trent Harmon.

Photo of A Roadkill Opera's Librettist/Executive Producer Stephan Alexander Parker and Social media for Music's President/CEO Rick Barker at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
It’s a small world: A Roadkill Opera‘s Librettist/Executive Producer Stephan Alexander Parker and Social Media for Music’s President/CEO Rick Barker met at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, and discovered they are both fans of and friends with Ben Ganz of Vego Pictures.

“If you are live streaming, be sure to set up a “virtual tip jar” as the first comment,” as Dawn Beyer does, says Rick Barker. “Make it feel like a one-on-one setting.  Just start the conversation–like, how much I like Weird Al,” says Rick Barker.

Photo of Rick Barker keynote at CD Baby's DIY MUsicians Conference 23017 in Nashville, Tennessee
“Give first. Sell later. It’s about the relationship.” Rick Barker provided sterling advice about building fan loyalty.
Photo of Rick Barker keynote on huge stage with la crowd of 1,000 to 1,500 people at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
“Stripperize — you’re the only one, #learnfromthepervs,” says Rick Barker

At live shows, “If they cry, they buy. Announce that that song is available on your CD,” says Rick Barker.

Photo of full stage for Song Pitch Session at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Bob Boilen moderated the Song Pitch Session at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Photo of Bob Boilen of NPR Radio's All Songs Considered led a anel discussion at Song Pitch Session at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Bob Boilen of National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered led a panel discussion at the Song Pitch Session at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Photo of Pokey LaFarge and Bob Boilen with Dmitri Vietze watching at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
A Roadkill Opera‘s Stephan Alexander Parker had a front row seat as Pokey LaFarge played and Bob Boilen interviewed Pokey. Dmitri Vietze, Founder/CEO of Rock Paper Scissors is watching in the foreground at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Photo of Bob Boilen of NPR Music's All Songs Considered and A Roadkill Opera's Librettist/Executive Producer Stephan Alexander Parker at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
A shared passion for all genres of live music–that is what Bob Boilen of NPR Music’s All Songs Considered and A Roadkill Opera‘s Librettist/Executive Producer Stephan Alexander Parker have in common. When Parker mentioned he had been a sound man in the Chicago punk scene in the late 70s and early 80s, they found they both knew and appreciated Steve Albini (aka Big Black). Here they are at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, where Boilen was kind enough to autograph his book “Your Song Changed My Life” for Parker–given the Chicago connection, Boilen suggested Parker read the interview with Dave Grohl. Boilen laughed when he saw the bumper sticker that read “If you see roadkill, think opera.”
Photo of Artomatic artists Ashira and A Roadkill Opera's Stephan Alexander Parker at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference i2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Artomatic artist Ashira and A Roadkill Opera‘s Stephan Alexander Parker at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Ashira was in the very first Artomatic in 1999, while Parker was in the second Artomatic in 2000. Artomatic is the largest non-juried art event in the Washington DC area. A Roadkill Opera was workshopped and had its first concert performance at Artomatic 2012 in Crystal City, Virginia, for which a Hatch Show Print poster was commissioned.
Photo of Rob Flax as he checks out the score to A Roadkill Opera at CD Baby's DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
Multiinstrumentalist/composer/educator and serial viola jokester Rob Flax checks out the violin part in Parker & Paer’s score to A Roadkill Opera at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. No violas were injured in the making of this photograph… but we’re going back next year to try again.
The Roadkill Opera Merchandise banner display showing all manner of mercy for sale, from hats and bottle openers and bumper stickers, to sheet music and CDs, to neckties and books
The Roadkill Opera Merchandise banner display shows the most popular items in the Roadkill Opera merch line. This banner is used at live events, including Artomatic, the Gaithersburg Book Festival, and performances of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. Note the chopsticks in the middle: the ideograms were verified by registration staff at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, to read “double happiness” on the red sleeves and “harmony” on the chopsticks imprinted A Roadkill Opera DIY. This banner could be called “business.”
Banner showing the cover of the libretto for A Roadkill Opera, above which are the lobby card showing the cast and an action photo from the January 2016 world premiere performances at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, Dc
A Roadkill Opera showed two banners in a display hailed as an example of good practice at the Merch Cat sessions at CD Baby’s DIY Musicians Conference 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. This one could be called “show.” It includes the cover of the libretto for A Roadkill Opera, above which are the lobby card showing the cast and an action photo from the January 2016 world premiere performances at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC

A Roadkill Opera Releases Lyrics to “Torn Down”

Torn Down

Debby
Torn down?

Stephan
That is their intention.

Debby
Torn down?

Stephan
It seems no evidence of our existence
can escape their wrecking ball.

Debby
Torn down?

Stephan
Torn down. ­

Debby
Torn down?

Stephan
Torn down, torn down!

It seems no evidence of our existence
can escape their wrecking ball.
Got no sense of history.

Debby
It’s not fair. How can they do this?
Like they don’t they care about their shows?

Stephan
Apparently they are governed
by a higher rate of return;
meeting rooms;
catering mark-ups;
audiovisual rentals …

Debby
This, the best place to see
Loose Ties!

Stephan
Or to see Shelley and Kelly?
To see Shelley and Kelly?
So cozy …

Debby
My thought exactly.

Stephan
Here, yes, I’d hoped to do great things.

Debby
That’s the end of the song!

Stephan
I’d like to’ve seen Susan Carlman.

Debby
Ah, and Beth McIntosh!

Stephan
Can’t believe they’d tear this down,
can’t believe they’d tear this down.

Here I’ve seen some great acts, many times,
many times. So much talent!

Debby
Deadly Ernest, Deadly Ernest.

Stephan
It disgusts me what they’re doing;
oh, this is nice, oh, this is good …

Debby
Johnny Gimble, Johnny Gimble.

Stephan
Now after all these years,
all goes away, all goes away like that!

Debby
(whistles)

Stephan
It makes me sick just to think about it,
just to think about it.

Debby
What a waste of space, oh, what a waste of space,
it sickens me now!

Stephan
Well, I think it could have been much worse—

Debby
Side, talkin’ ’bout Side Channel Swing Band.

Stephan
—it could have happened before our show.

Debby
Saw Sawmill Creek here, and Doc Watson.

Stephan
Despite this setback we must prepare the cast
now to put on the show.

Got to prepare to put on the show,
to put on the show, to put on the show,
to put on the …

Debby
Got to impress them, must be prepared to
impress them,
must be prepared to impress, be prepared.
Stephan
The show must go on, the show must go,
the show must go on.

Stephan
Yes, we’ve got to prepare the cast
to go on with the show, the show.

Debby
To have a great time, great time,
great time, great time at this bar, oh,
you don’t have to be a superstar.

Stephan
You don’t have to be a star,
no, you don’t have to be a star.

Debby, Stephan
You don’t have to be a star,
no, you don’t have to be a star;
have a great time at this bar.

Stephan
You don’t have to, you don’t have to,
you don’t have to be a star.

Debby
To have a great time, great time
great time, great time at this bar, ah,

Debby
you don’t have to be a star.
Stephan
Have a great time at this bar
don’t be a star.
To have a great time.
To have a great time

Debby, Stephan
You don’t have to be a star.

Stephan
To have a great time.
To have a great time

Debby, Stephan
You don’t have to be a star.

Stephan
You don’t have to be a a star,
no, you don’t have to be a star,
no, you don’t have to be a star,
to have a great.
You don’t have to be a star
to have a great time at this bar,
no you don’t have to be a star,
not at this bar,
Debby
Be a star
to be a star, no,
to have a great time at this bar,
you don’t have to
be a star
to have a great time.
To have a great time at this bar,
you don’t have to,

Debby, Stephan
you don’t have to be a star
to have a great time at this bar,
no, you don’t have to be a superstar.

Special for the Mad River Boat Trips 40th Anniversary: Hilarious Videos 1988-1992

Video of 16 people hand-carrying a beached raft to the water; a passenger flips over the side and is pulled back in by Parker; Parker is knocked out of his raft and climbs back in.
In 1988, at the conclusion of his third season as a whitewater guide for Mad River Boat Trips, Stephan “Killer” Parker was one of five raft guides on a 21-day private trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Parker returned to guide for Mad River for his fourth and final(?) season in 1992, after the final performance of the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company’s  Friday the 13th Roadkill!!! Greatest Hits! show at the Pink Garter Theatre.

If you were at West Table on the Snake River in 1991, then you might well be in Patrick Mignano’s 1991 classic Ed’s Whitewater: Back in Business, a spoof of professional whitewater rafting guides in Jackson Hole. Warning: there is some foul language and the technical quality of the video is not optimal. Highlights are in the 30-minute video below.

Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company is the improv comedy troupe that was active in Jackson Hole, Wyoming from 1988-1992. Videos from that period are comedy gold!

The signature sketch “Frozen Roadkills On A Stick,” written by Ed Bachtel, turned the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company from a concept to an established show, running for 22 performances over 8 weeks at the Wort Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming, during the Yellowstone fires of 1988.

In this excerpt from the full show, Dave Rohrer put his spin on Psycho Killer, then Ed Bachtel sells roadkill to Holly Danner and Stephan Parker. Then, as at every show, the grand finale was The Star Spangled Banner as only this troupe could present it.

“Weird Ed” Bachtel, a guide for Barker-Ewing Whitewater, and Stephan “Killer” Parker, a guide for Mad River Boat Trips, co-produced this show under a legal partnership. For the 1988 season, they were joined by Dave Rohrer of Lifelink International/Croakies, and Holly Danner from KMTN-FM. The video for “Cod Piece Dining Room” is from the 1992 show, with Louise Gignoux replacing Holly Danner.

These recording are from the final performances of the 1988 and 1992 comedy troupes. The hour leading up to their first performance (on Independence Day weekend 1988) is immortalized in the underground opera sensation A Roadkill Opera.

A Roadkill Opera is based on a true story. A brief video recorded at the GRAMMYs in February 2015 gives you some background.

The song “Geo expresses the joy of performing. It also discusses the relative merits of the then-new line of cars from Chevrolet.

Comedy Gold! Live Videos from 1988-1992 Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company

Never before seen video from Roadkill!!! Live! is being released in honor of the 40th anniversary of Mad River Boat Trips. Boatmen from Mad River and Barker-Ewing Whitewater put this show on 3 nights a week over 8 weeks at the Silver Dollar Bar in the Wort Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming, during the Yellowstone fires of 1988–and also hosted the areas only open mic night once a week at Spirits of the West Saloon.

The signature sketch “Frozen Roadkills On A Stick,” written by Ed Bachtel, turned the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company from a concept to an established show.

In this excerpt from the full show, Dave Rohrer put his spin on Psycho Killer, then Ed Bachtel sells roadkill to Holly Danner and Stephan Parker. Then, as at every show, the grand finale was The Star Spangled Banner as only this troupe could present it.

“Weird Ed” Bachtel, a guide for Barker-Ewing Whitewater, and Stephan “Killer” Parker, a guide for Mad River Boat Trips, co-produced this show under a legal partnership. For the 1988 season, they were joined by Dave Rohrer of Lifelink International/Croakies, and Holly Danner from KMTN-FM. The video for “Cod Piece Dining Room” is from the 1992 show, with Louise Gignoux replacing Holly Danner.

These recordings are from the final performances of the 1988 and 1992 comedy troupes. The hour leading up to their first performance (on Independence Day weekend 1988) is immortalized in the underground opera sensation A Roadkill Opera.

A Roadkill Opera Releases Lyrics to “In A Clearing”

In A Clearing

Eddie
‘t’s a beauty, beauty, beauty, beauty!
Beauty! Beauty!

A big house, big house, big house, big house.
Big house! Big house!

It must sell quite well, it must sell quite well.

Holly
Hey, what is all this noise?

Eddie
We must sell out the house.

Holly
So tell me now, what is the problem,
can I help?

Eddie
A fart is a fine thing,
it makes people smile.

A fart is a fine thing,
it makes for big laughter.

Make it loud and make it
bump and squeak and make it sticky!

Like this, like this,
(cups hand under arm and pumps)
qui qui, qui qui.

Holly
Seriously?

Eddie
I am as serious as a heart attack
so listen up and listen up tight.
You hear me?

“In A Clearing”
“In A Clearing” needs a punchier line …
or ending.

Holly
Hold your horses.
I think the sketch plays fine.

Eddie
Sure, it does, but…

(Marvin hammers)

Holly
Marvin! Your timing is perfect!

Eddie
Just hear me out, my thinking is …

Holly
This is no time to think.
Eddie
… it’s not really funny.
Maybe if we add a monkey …

Holly
It’s funny enough, it will get laughs.
It is funny enough it will get a good laugh.
Eddie
… it could be a cash cow.
Just add a monkey, it could be a cash cow!

Holly
It is funny enough it will get a good laugh!
Eddie
Just add a monkey, it could be a cash cow!

Holly
This fellow is crazy! Oh, no!
This night is too important, so
don’t change the script on me now.
This night is too important, so
don’t change the script on me now,
don’t change the script right now.

Eddie
Or how ‘bout a llama? With your camera?

Holly
Be hard now to switch from
the script which we staged . . .
. . . and rehearsed and which
takes place in Yellowstone Park.

Eddie
Oh, don’t be like this,
oh, don’t be like this,
oh, don’t be like this,
Holly
Oh me, oh me, oh me.

Eddie
it’s a piece of cake.

Holly
It’s a question of blocking,
a question of blocking,
you are freaking me out!

Eddie
Perhaps a hissing lizard, perhaps a hissing lizard!
It could pick up the pace,
think of what it could do,
it could spook out the bear,
it could bite the bison,
or goose a moose!

(Marvin hammers)

Holly
Marvin! Your timing is perfect!

Eddie
Love it, love it!

(Marvin hammers)

Holly
Marvin!

(Marvin hammers)

Eddie
Love it, love it!

(Marvin hammers)

Holly
Marvin! This is no time to think.
Eddie
Love it, love it, love it, love it!

(Marvin hammers)

Eddie
Just hear out my thinking …

Holly
It is funny enough, yes,
funny enough, yes,
funny, yes, funny, yes, funny, yes, oh
Eddie
please hear out my thinking.
Please hear out my thought;
just add a monkey, it will mean cash. Oh.

(Marvin hammers)

Holly
… enough, yes. Oh, yes.
It will get a good, oh,
it will get a good, oh,
it will get a good laugh.
Eddie
If we add a monkey,
we’ll get a cash cow!
We’ll get a cash cow,
we’ll get a cash cow.

Holly
It’s funny enough
it will get a good laugh.
It’s funny enough
it will get a good laugh.
Eddie
If we add a monkey,
we’ll get a cash cow!
If we add a monkey,
we’ll get a cash cow, yes, sir,

Holly
It will get some laughs. Ah, laughs.
Eddie
get a cow, get a cow, get a cow,
get a cow, get a cow, get a cow, get a cash cow!

A Roadkill Opera Releases Lyrics to “Impress Them”

Impress Them

Holly

Tonight, my goal is to go out and
impress them all for once!

Impress them, impress them, tonight!
Impress them. Impress them
all tonight, them all tonight;
impress them!

I must get them to promote me.
I must get them to think,
to promote me to disc jockey.

I must get them to promote me
to be on air, to be a real disc jockey.

My dear, this may be my last chance
to move from news to dee-jay.

My dear, this may be
my chance to move and
I cannot mess it up, no no no no no no no
to move from news to dee-jay.

Tonight is my chance to prove
that I belong on air.

I can’t blow my big chance.

To count, I must really shine,
And show that I have star quality.
To prove I belong on air!

Tonight is my big chance to prove
that I belong on air.

I can’t blow my big chance
to prove that I should be on the air.

I can’t blow my big chance.

Tonight, I must shine like stars
to prove that I belong on air. Ah…

Tonight, I must shine like a star
to show I belong,
I must, I must, I must shine like a star
to show that I belong,
I must, I must, I must, I must, I must show
that I belong,
that I should be on, I should be on air,
I should be on air,
I belong on air!

A Roadkill Opera Releases Lyrics to “Different Things”

Different Things

Debby
Oh, what if they are not a hit?
What will happen to them?
I see them being torn apart,
yes, I see them being torn apart.

So, granted, I don’t know them all that well.
And they seem to want different things.

They seem to want different things.
They seem to want different things.

Ah, granted, I don’t know them well,
but I think they want diff’rent things.

Eddie will be tormented
as he pursues acting.

Eddie will, will be tormented,
I see, poor boy,
I see that he will be tormented.

Sure, my hope for him is
that he will be contented.
But I fear instead that
he will be tormented.

I hope he’ll be contented
but I fear for him, I do. Ah . . .
Acting is a tough racket.
Acting is a tough racket
and I fear, I fear for him, oh,
oh, I sure fear for him.

Yes, acting, such a racket.
Poor Eddie, I see he’ll be tormented
as he pursues his craft.
Oh, ah …

He’ll be tormented pursuing his craft.
He’ll be pursuing his craft,
so I fear for him, I fear for him,
I fear for him, I fear for him.

Karaoke Opera? Yes! A Roadkill Opera Releases Lyrics to “Cod Piece Dining”

Just when you thought you couldn’t have more fun with karaoke, here is the fresh take on Ferdinando Paer’s music from Leonora recast into comedy gold in A Roadkill Opera, as the producers of an improv comedy troupe in 1988 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, debate the running order of their first professional gig.

Cod Piece Dining

Stephan
What ‘cha saying?
Change the set list?

What ‘cha saying?
Change the set list?

It’s too late to change the set list.

It’s too late to change the set list.

What ‘cha saying?
Change the set list?
Change the set list?
Change the set list?

Whose big idea was this?

(Holly points at Eddie)

You are getting way too cocky.
You are getting way too cocky, cocky.

And you know what that means,
and you know what that means, don’t you?

Super latte, super latte.
Lots of frothing, lots of frothing.
Just a hint of cinnamon.

Lots of frothing, lots of frothing!
Just a hint of cinnamon.

Holly
Just a thought, just a thought;
ever heard, ever heard of decaf?

Stephan (to Eddie, ignoring Holly)
We are ready!
Tell me what sketch
you like the best.

Eddie
Adrenaline, Adrenaline
Adrenaline Adventures?

Stephan
Adrenaline?
Cod Piece Dining!

Holly
Cod Piece Dining!

Eddie
Cod Piece Dining!

Holly
Cod Piece Dining!

Eddie
Cod Piece Dining!

Holly, Eddie
Cod Piece Dining, Cod Piece Dining!

Stephan
We all agree, then, that it will be
Cod Piece Dining Room
that closes out the end of the first act.

(reconsidering)
Beaverzilla! It’s gonna kill ‘em!
Beaverzilla! It’s gonna kill ‘em!

What about My Breakfast With Booboo?
My Breakfast With Booboo?

Should it stay in the show,
even if it is a funny bit?

Holly, Eddie
I assure you it belongs in
tasteless tasteless tasteless tasteless
tasteless tasteless though it is.

Stephan
But it really is so rude …

Holly, Eddie
I assure you it belongs in.

Stephan
But it really is so crude …

Holly, Eddie
I assure you it belongs in.

Holly
There is comedy in truth!

Stephan
There is comedy in truth, yes,
there is comedy in truth, yes,
there is comedy in truth.
Eddie
Tasteless, tasteless, tasteless, tasteless,
tasteless, tasteless, tasteless, tasteless.
There is comedy in truth.

Stephan
You both make very good points here,
I believe you make good points …
Holly
I assure you it belongs in, belongs,
tasteless, tasteless, tasteless though it is!
Edie
I assure you it belongs in, I assure you it belongs,
tasteless, tasteless, tasteless, tasteless,
tasteless, tasteless though it is!

Stephan
It is really grossly, grossly …

Holly
It belongs in.

Stephan
You’ve convinced me.

Holly & Eddie
Yes!

Stephan
It’s no Cod Piece, this is true.

Eddie
It belongs in.

Stephan
You’ve convinced me.
Beaverzilla! It’s gonna kill ‘em!

Beaverzilla! It’s gonna kill ‘em!

How ’bout My Breakfast with Booboo?

Should it stay, should it be in the show
even though it is a funny bit?

Holly, Eddie
I assure you it belongs, I assure you it belongs,
I assure you it belongs,

Holly
in the show.
Stephan
Tasteless, tasteless, tasteless,
Eddie
tasteless, tasteless, tasteless,

Holly, Eddie, Stephan
Tasteless, tasteless, tasteless though it is.

Stephan
You’ve convinced me that

Holly, Eddie, Stephan
There is comedy in truth!

Stephan
You’ve convinced me that

Holly, Eddie, Stephan
There is comedy in truth!

Holly
Tasteless though it is,
though it is.
Eddie
Tasteless, tasteless, tasteless, tasteless,
tasteless, tasteless though it is.
Stephan
Tasteless, tasteless, tasteless, tasteless,
tasteless, tasteless though it is.

Holly
I assure you, tasteless though it is.
‘medy in truth!
Eddie
I assure you it belongs in,
tasteless, tasteless though it is.
‘medy in truth!
Stephan
You assure me it belongs in,
tasteless, tasteless though it is.
There is comedy in truth!

Stephan
There is comedy in, comedy in truth!
Holly & Eddie
Sure, it belongs in. There is comedy in truth!

Photo on the set of the 2016 world premiere performance of Cod Piece Dining from A Roadkill Opera with David Timpane (as Stephan), Laura Wehrmeyer, and Andrew Webster.
Holly and Eddie are convincing Stephan that the comedy sketch My Breakfast With Booboo should stay in the show, tasteless though it is.. David Timpane (as Stephan), Laura Wehrmeyer (as Holly), and Alan Naylor (as Eddie) created their respective roles in the world premiere production of A Roadkill Opera at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC, in January 2016. Christopher Dews (who created the non-singing role of Marvin) is holding the moose antlers hat. Timpane and Wehrmeyer star in the 2013 studio recording as well, where the vocals for Eddie are supplied by Andrew Webster.

Lyric Videos and Karaoke Videos from A Roadkill Opera Released at Artomatic 2017

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly have more fun with the underground opera sensation A Roadkill Opera, there’s this:

Now, you can Do It Yourself. Through May 6, at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia, you can lip-sync to the lyric videos or karaoke to the backing tracks from the 2013 studio recording of A Roadkill Opera on the set used for the hilarious 2016 shows at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC, and at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia.

Though not nominated, the studio recording of A Roadkill Opera got the creative team invited to the GRAMMYs, which they attended in February 2015. Which led to the January 2016 world premiere, fully staged performances (with sold-out houses) at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC. Which led to performances by the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia, in October 2016.

Large banner showing highlights of the journey of A Roadkill Opera from Artomatic 2012 to the studio to the GRAMMYs to the world premiere performances in 2016
Visitors to Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia are invited to interact with the set from A Roadkill Opera via this large banner in a doorway on the 5th floor (near the stage). Lyric videos and karaoke videos have been released on the roadkillopera.com website and on the Roadkill Opera YouTube Channel for “Impress Them,” “In A Clearing,” and “Cod Piece Dining.”

 

At Artomatic 2017 through May 6, See DJ Choupin’s Photos and Interact with the Set, Props, and Music from A Roadkill Opera

Artomatic 2017 was thronged with crowds of art enthusiasts on opening night, March 24. Many attended the live performances. Many came to see the fine arts in the largest unjuried show in the Washington DC area.  And then there were the opportunities to experience the unexpected, which seems to be a specialty of Artomatic.

Photo of Alain Nu with large audience
Alain Nu entertained a large audience on opening night of Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia
Photo of 2 women admiring CJ Choupin's photographs
Two new fans admired DJ Choupin’s photos at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia
Photo of two women laughing while looking at A Roadkill Opera's set and sheet music
Two new fans caught a laugh perusing A Roadkill Opera‘s interactive display at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia
Photo of a man looking at DJ Choupin's photos at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia
A man admires DJ Choupin’s photos at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia

 

For the first time, you can try before you buy everything you’d like to see (and maybe a bit more) related to the hilarious underground opera sensation, A Roadkill Opera. And while you are at it, you can see the inspired photographs by DJ Choupin that grace the cover art for the published sheet music and commercially-released CDs for A Roadkill Opera.

Free.

At Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City through May 6. DJ Choupin and A Roadkill Opera are in a gallery room near the stage on the fifth floor.

Thumbnail photos of DJ Choupin's photos are shown with their titles and prices
Most of DJ Choupin’s photos on display at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia are shon on the key

A large banner showing highlights of the journey of A Roadkill Opera from Artomatic 2012 to the studio to the GRAMMYs to the world premiere performances in 2016 is found in the doorway on the fifth floor. It invites you to:

  1. Take a selfie on the set
  2. Lip-sync over the studio album
  3. Karaoke over the backing tracks
  4. Send a link to roadkillopera@icloud.com

Large banner showing highlights of the journey of A Roadkill Opera from Artomatic 2012 to the studio to the GRAMMYs to the world premiere performances in 2016
Visitors to Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia are invited to interact with A Roadkill Opera with this large banner in the doorway on the 5th floor (near the stage)

Fill in Your Bingo Card by Seeing the Granddaddy of Beethoven’s Fidelio

Great news!  If you are hoping to fill in your Bingo card for the predecessors of Beethoven’s Fidelio, see what The Washington Concert Opera wrote this week:

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“The idea of a strong female who ends up liberating somebody who’s been unjustly imprisoned, and helping bring down a powerful, evil person, I think that still really resonates today…” -Antony Walker
Anne Midgette’s piece Strong woman confronts unjust ruler – opera tells, and retells, the story, available online now and in print this Sunday, takes a closer look at the three different versions of the “Leonore” story coming to DC and New York City in the coming weeks.
Check out the links below to buy tickets to these exciting performances!
Léonore, ou l’amour conjugal 
Sunday, February 19
3 PM at Lisner Auditorium
Beethoven’s Leonore
Sunday, March 5
6 PM at Lisner Auditorium

Metropolitan Opera

Fidelio

March 16 – April 8

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For a detailed look at the how a strong woman caused three different settings to spring forth in 1804/1805 based on the libretto for the French Leonore of 1798–Paer (Italian), Mayr (Italian), and  Beethoven (German)–see John A. Rice’s excellent Empress Marie Therese and Music at the Viennese Court, 1792-1807.

You’ve already got a head start on your Bingo card by seeing (or hearing) music from Ferdinando Paer’s Leonora in Parker & Paer’s A Roadkill Opera.  Most recently, the full Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) performed highlights of A Roadkill Opera in a free performances at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia, on October 21, 2016.

A chamber orchestra performed in the world premiere of A Roadkill Opera at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC, in January 2016.

It was prescient of Pam Schipper, writing in the Gaithersburg Town Courier in June 2014, to say that

“Parker’s “A Roadkill Opera” pairs the formerly obscure classical music of Ferdinando Paer, one of Beethoven’s contemporaries, with Parker’s semi-autobiographical libretto recounting the hour before the opening night performance of the sketch comedy “Roadkill Live!!!” on Independence Day 1988 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.” [emphasis added]

Paer’s Leonora had been quite popular in its day, from its release in 1804 until the composer’s death in 1839. It was not performed again until Peter Maag revived it in the 1970s, going so far as to perform it on radio and to issue a boxed set of LPs. No other commercially released recording of the music from Paer’s Leonora has been issued since, with the exception of Parker & Paer’s A Roadkill Opera (studio album released July 4, 2013),  which is built on the overture and first act of Paer’s Leonora. 

Gaveaux’s 1798 Leonore, which started this chain, is receiving its U.S. premiere this week, on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Beethoven’s first crack at Leonore/Fidelio is receiving its U.S. premiere on Sunday, March 5, 2017. To complete the cycle, all we need are productions of Mayr’s 1805 L’amour coniugale and Paer’s 1804 Leonora.

Beethoven had a copy of Paer’s score for Leonora in his library, although it is unknown as to when he acquired it. They were friends and both worked in the same circles in Vienna.

Sheet music and backing tracks for A Roadkill Opera are available through your local music shop or bookseller, and through online sales by the likes of Amazon. That way you can do it yourself!

Banner showing seven generation history of Leonora/Fidelio
The seven generations of Leonore began with Gaveaux’s 1798 Leonore, followed by Paer’s 1804 Leonora, Mayr’s 1805 L’amor coniugale, and Beethoven’s three versions (beginning in 1805) of Leonora/Fidelio, and culminating in Parker & Paer’s 2012 A Roadkill Opera

Gaveaux and Beethoven Make a Paer Roadkill Opera Sandwich in Washington DC

Exciting news for fans of Ferdinando Paer’s music: over the next few weeks in Washington, DC, you can hear live performances of two of the period operas that sandwiched Paer’s 1804 opera Leonora (the musical basis for A Roadkill Opera):

  • Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3 pm, Opera Lafayette presents Gaveaux’s 1798 French escape opera Léonore, ou l’amour conjugal
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 6 pm, Washington Concert Opera presents Beethoven’s 1805 version (of his more famous 1814 Fidelio) of Leonore
Photo of Walker and Brown speaking at the Arts Club of Washington (DC) in January 2017
Antony Walker (at the piano) and Ryan Brown discussed the remarkable coincidence of their programming the 1798 French opera Leonore (by Brown’s Opera Lafayette) and Beethoven’s 1805 Leonore (by Walker’s Washington Concert Opera) within weeks of each other.

There was also an 1805 version by Mayr of the same story, under the tile L’amor conjugal, that predated Beethoven’s first attempt. The story of the common genesis of the three Viennese residents, Paer, Mayr, and Beethoven, in Gaveaux’s librettist Bouilly and his enthralled fan Empress Therese is well-told in John A. Rice’s 2003 Empress Marie Therese and Music at the Viennese Court, 1792-1807.

It was Paer’s setting that provided the music that power’s Parker & Paer’s 2012 A Roadkill Opera, which had its premiere under the direction of Maestro Jeffrey Dokken at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC in January 2016, followed by a performance of highlights by the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia in October 2016.

Banner showing seven generation history of Leonora/Fidelio
The seven generations of Leonore began with Gaveaux’s 1798 Leonore, followed by Paer’s 1804 Leonora, Mayr’s 1805 L’amor coniugale, and Beethoven’s three versions (beginning in 1805) of Leonora/Fidelio, and culminating in Parker & Paer’s 2012 A Roadkill Opera

Ryan Brown, artistic director and conductor of Opera Lafayette, kicks things off on February 19, 2017, at Lisner Auditorium. Antony Walker, artistic director and conductor of Washington Concert Opera, follows up at Lisner on March 5, 2017. The two got together at the Arts Club of Washington on January 26, 2017, to discuss the history and relationship of these operas.

Photo of Holly, Eddie, llama, and Marvin on the set of A Roadkill Opera
Holly (Laura Wehrmeyer) and Eddie (Alan Naylor) debate ways and whether it is necessary to punch up the humor of In A Clearing while Marvin (Christopher Dews) tends to the llama in A Roadkill Opera in its world premiere performances in January 2016 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC

 

 

2016 a Banner Year for A Roadkill Opera: World Premiere, Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia Performances, Artomatic

What a year for A Roadkill Opera!

Many thanks to the hundreds of people who attended live performances at the Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC in January 2016 and at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia, in October 2016. Thanks, too, to the many others who came to the Gaithersburg Book Festival and to artist talks and installations at Artomatic@Frederick 2016 in Frederick and Artomatic 2016 in Potomac, Maryland.

Our final event for the year was Hungry Men Don’t Swerve, an artist talk at Artomatic 2016 on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 1 p.m., about A Roadkill Opera‘s journey from Artomatic to the GRAMMYs.

Photo of audience members looking at installation for the artist talk on A Roadkill Opera
First-time Artomatic attendees from Austria were drawn in December to the Artomatic 2016 artist talk on the path of Ferdinando Paer’s 1804 Leonora to the 2016 world premiere performances of Stephan AlexanderParker’s A Roadkill Opera. The setting: in front of the Artomatic 2016 office, and directly in front of the exhibit space for the artist Rambo!

The crowd was treated to a sneak peak of video from the October 2016 performances by the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia, in October 2016.

The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia performed fully staged highlights from A Roadkill Opera on October 21, 2016, at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia.

Though not nominated, the studio recording of A Roadkill Opera got the creative team invited to the GRAMMYs, which they attended in February 2015. Which led to the January 2016 world premiere, fully staged performances at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC.

It was sold out houses for the Saturday performances of A Roadkill Opera on January 9, 2016, at the Mead Theatre Lab At Flashpoint in Washington DC. The houses were pretty good as well on the previous night of this limited run of the hilarious new opera about the hour before the first professional gig for a sketch comedy troupe in 1980s Wyoming.

Photo of Holly, Eddie, llama, and Marvin on the set of A Roadkill Opera
Holly (Laura Wehrmeyer) and Eddie (Alan Naylor) debate ways and whether it is necessary to punch up the humor of “In A Clearing” while Marvin (Christopher Dews) tends to the llama in A Roadkill Opera in its world premiere performances in January 2016 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC

The opera is new: the story is set in 1988 in the hour before the first professional gig for a comedy improv troupe in Jackson Hole—the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company. The music is classical–from the 1804 Leonora by Ferdinando Paer, one of Beethoven’s direct competitors.

This clip shows the Cod Piece Dining Room comedy sketch, recorded live at the 1992 Roadkill!!! Greatest Hits! show on Friday the 13th at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming. Doug Henderson, who was starring in the title role of Harvey in the production then running on the Pink Garter Theatre’s stage, proved to be an energetic announcer. Dave Rohrer provided live musical accompaniment, Ed Bachtel and Stephan Alexander Parker were onstage in their final public performance under their legal partnership (dissolved shortly thereafter) in the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company, and the role originated by Holly Danner in the 1988 run was played in the 1992 show by Louise Gignoux.This clip has mild profanity (unlike the family-friendly A Roadkill Opera).

Many of the props from the 1988 show will be recognizable to audiences that attended the 2016 performances of A Roadkill Opera.

Photo of Clarence Davis at the check-in table for Artomatic 2016, reading the piano/vocal score for A Roadkill Opera
Artomatic 2016 benefitted from the organizational communication skills of Clarence Davis, who was hands-on in working the door, banding those eligible for purchasing alcohol, and (incidentally) sufficiently curious about A Roadkill Opera to read the piano/vocal score
Photo of Diana King and A Roadkill Opera librettist Stephan Alexander Parker at the Turnham Hotel bar in Chicago
Diana King, retired from the education department of Chicago’s Lyric Opera, is a fan of A Roadkill Opera. She met with librettist Stephan Alexander Parker at a Chicago Bar earlier in 2016 and followed up by telephone in December 2016 to encourage a Chicago production
Photo of Parker and Choupin standing in front of hammer at A Roadkill Opera world premiere performances in January 2016 at the Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC
A Roadkill Opera‘s librettist Stephan Alexander Parker and merchandising director DJ Choupin at the world premiere performances in January 2016 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Parker is holding the Harrison Ford print by the artist Rambo! that was raffled off to attendees who came dressed as Harrison Ford
Photo of cast in front of the audience at a January 2016 performance of A Roadkill Opera at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC
The world premiere cast takes a bow at a January 2016 performance of A Roadkill Opera at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC
Photo of audience at at a January 2016 performance of A Roadkill Opera at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC
The audience for a performance of A Roadkill Opera, just before the show in January 2016 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC. A GoPro video of a performance is on the Roadkill Opera website and YouTube channel
Photo of Lerner-Lams, Ganz, and Parker at world [premiere performances of A Roadkill Opera at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC in January 2016
The audiences for the world premiere run of A Roadkill Opera at the Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC in January 2016 included Katie Lerner-Lam, Nina Parker Ganz, Eva Lerner-Lam, and librettist/executive producer Stephan Alexander Parker, seen here holding the Rambo! print that went to the lucky audience member who dressed as Harrison Ford (and won the raffle)