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Acquanetta
Michael Gordon
Deborah Artman
http://www.schirmer.com/Default.aspx?TabId=2420&State_2874=2&workId_2874=28223
June 25, 2010
Oper Aachen
"In 1943, a former cheesecake model, known only as “Acquanetta,” lit up the screen in the B-movie horror film and now cult classic, Captive Wild Woman. Stunning and exotic, Acquanetta played the untameable and gorgeous creation resulting from a mad scientist’s experiments on an ape, a role the young actress sizzled in and played so well a sequel was soon in the can. So began a brief career in bread-and-butter films that ended only a few years later when Acquanetta inexplicably walked away from the Hollywood studio system and swanned off to Mexico.

Her past is a mystery. Because of her come-hither stare and sensuous pout, Walter Winchell nicknamed her “The Venezuelan Volcano.” In interviews, she claimed Native American roots, and her obituary in 2004 stated that she was born on an Indian reservation near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Who was Acquanetta, and why did she walk out on her contract with Universal Pictures at the height of her career?

In Acquanetta, the mock serious, campy spirit of horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the five minutes that changed Acquanetta’s life forever. The mad scientist Doctor, the insistent Ape, the reluctant Brainy Woman, the visionary Director and the beautiful monster herself, Acquanetta, gather in this re-imagining of that fateful experiment. In soaring, sometimes comic and always indelible songs that perfectly capture the heightened drama of horror films, these vivid characters reveal their inner longings and emotional shadows in what is ultimately a haunting meditation on the meaning of identity, transformation, stereotypes and typecasting, set in the hey-dey of Hollywood gloss."

–Deborah Artman
ACQUANETTA (mz)
BRAINY WOMAN (s)
APE (coloratura)
DOCTOR (t)
DIRECTOR (b-bar)
01:10
1
SATB
2 fl, 2 pic, 2 ob, 3 cl, 1 bsn, cbsn - 2 hrn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 tba - 2 perc - kbd, ebgtr - str
Red Poppy
257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
pm@schirmer.com
212-254-2100
http://www.schirmer.com/Default.aspx?TabId=2419&State_2872=2&composerId_2872=560
http://www.schirmer.com/

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