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North American Works Directory Listing
A More Perfect Union
Victoria Bond
Isaiah Sheffer
Ruth Priscilla Kirstein (Concept, choreography, direction and design)
Dancing actors:
Erin Ackert, Tammisha Beckles, Kristina Berger, Tobin Eason, Ruth Priscilla Kirstein, Juan Michael Porter II
Singing Actors:
The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble: Kristina Boerger, Todd Frizzell, Elliot Z. Levine, Gayla Morgan, Richard Slade, William Zukof
Speaking Actor:
Jon Freeman
Renee Jolles, Loren Ludwig, Dongsok Shin, Susan Rotholz, John Tighe
May 27, 2004
The Center For Contemporary Opera
A More Perfect Union takes a satirical and allegorical look at the 1787 American Constitutional Convention and its impact on today's politics. It is a contemporary piece of music theater, reviving in part performance principles of the baroque opéra-ballet, such as the dramatic equality between singing and dancing actors.

A More Perfect Union currently consists of the following entrees:
Pre-amble: The Dis-United States of America, Fifty-five White Men, The Vow of Silence, The Making of the Presidency, Checks and Balances, The Combat Between "Liberty" and "Homeland Security," Finale: The Constitutional Promenade.
Six principal Singing Actors, six principal Dancing Actors, one Speaking Actor
flute, percussion, violin, viola da gamba, harpsichord
Six principal dancing actors
Ruth Priscilla Kirstein

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