"This music drama is not history, nor even about something that happened once. It is full of subterfuges and evasions, itching powder, stink bombs, paraphrases, and booby traps. It is music as literature, as painting, as architecture; music that takes the side of contamination and impurity, refusing to discriminate. It is music that has a hard time remembering when it is and where it is. Neither the music nor the play itself is about self-expression. It is about the coincidences of life, the discovery, through art, of what is happening now. It is what is happening now, here—to the composer and librettist, the singers and dancers, choreographers and producers and beholders. It is what is happening to any soul who seeks to dwell creatively, in liberty and mercy, on the troubled ground of our century's ending."
|Character List (Major):
2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, contralto, 2 tenors, bass, male soprano