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.
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.
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.