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.
“Since the action takes place backstage the hour before the lights go up on the first show for these rude mechanicals, director Jeffrey Dokken decided to bring the audience backstage. That authenticity put the audience right in the thick of the action” said librettist Stephan Alexander Parker. “We were able to use the theatre lab as intended, and worked out the framing for the story. This show is ready for a larger venue,” he added.
A Roadkill Opera is a mashup of a classic backstage screwball comedy and classic opera. Parker provided the story and script; Ferdinando Paer, a direct competitor of Beethoven, provided the music, which is essentially the overture and first act of Paer’s 1804 opera Leonora. “It is not a documentary; the fact is, though, the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company had an 8-week run in the showroom at the Silver Dollar Bar of the Wort Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming, in the summer of ’88. The names have not been changed,” said Parker. “Everyone was agreeable to being portrayed in this new opera. Also, they signed releases in 1988. There is comedy in truth.”
The world premiere of A Roadkill Opera goes up on Friday, January 8, 2016, in a very limited run–just 4 shows over 2 days in Washington DC’s Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. This hilarious mashup of music from Ferdinando Paer’s 1804 Leonora with a backstage comedy set in 1988 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a hoot. Two shows a night, at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. 59 minutes, in English. 8 piece orchestra and 5 opera singers–fun for the whole family!