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Dog Days
David T. Little
Royce Vavrek
Royce Vavrek is a Canadian filmmaker, librettist, playwright and musical theatre writer. His work has been presented at or performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, The Kitchen, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, Opera America, Peak Performances at Montclair, American Lyric Theater and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, among others. His current commissions include an opera for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and a musical for Signature Theater. Vavrek's filmmaking credits include "From Sky and Soil", which was created as part of the Corus Young Filmmakers Initiative for broadcast on the W Network through a prize administered by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.
Robert Woodruff (Director)
Alan Pierson (Music Director)
John Kelly
James Bobick (baritone)
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano)
Cherry Duke (mezzo-soprano)
Michael Marcotte (tenor)
Peter Tantsits (tenor)
Lauren Worsham (soprano)

Chamber ensemble Newspeak
September 29, 2012
Peak Performances in association with Beth Morrison Projects
The country has fallen into chaos as an undefined war rages on US soil. A family of five—two parents, two sons, and a young daughter, Lisa—do what they can to survive. One day Prince, a man in a dog suit, arrives, and befriends Lisa. Lisa’s mother supports this friendship—Prince is her pet—though Lisa’s father opposes it: “he’s dangerous.” He confronts Prince: “Stand up like a man” he says. Father needs proof that Prince is, in fact, human. Many months pass. It’s winter now. Dark early, and cold. The family hasn’t eaten in weeks, maybe months. "I wish I had a steak," says one brother. The other brother adds "I heard in China people eat dogs." There is silence in the room. Howard rises, takes his rifle. "Where are you going? Howard--don't--don't--" says mother. "He's a man, Howard! A man! You can't-" she screams. "He's a dog," Howard replies. "He's an animal.” Lisa tries to stop them, but she is too late. She arrives just in time to see her father and brothers descend upon Prince, snarling.
Lisa (s)
Mother (s)
Pat (t)
Eliot (t)
Dad (t)
Soldier (bar)
Prince (actor)
In a Laboratory, Turning Traditional Notions of Opera Upside Down-The New York Times 05/07/2010
Sample audio can be heard here: http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/sound_insights/works/commissions/art_detail_ScenesFromDogDays_commissions.html
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Eclectic/dramatic contemporary
David T. Little
david@davidtlittle.com
http://www.davidtlittle.com/
www.DavidTLittle.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Dog Days (Little)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Los Angeles Opera
Dog Days (Little)
Friday, April 24, 2015 - Fort Worth Opera

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