El Canguro
Composer: Peter Michael von der Nahmer
Composer Bio: Peter Michael von der Nahmer, born April 7, 1977 in Munich, Germany, received his bachelor’s degree in classical composition and film music from the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, Germany and the “Certificate in Film scoring” from UCLA in Los Angeles. Von der Nahmer started composing at the age of 13 and as of today, has created over 100 works, which have been played internationally in countries such as the United States, Germany, Japan, and Great Britain. Von der Nahmer’s works encompass multiple genres and fields of music, such as opera, musical theatre, motion pictures, ballet, performance, chamber music, and orchestral music. He has been honored with various scholarships (14th O’Neill Puppetry Conference, CT) and awards (Susan and Ford Schuman Award and Maestro’s Circle scholarship at Aspen Music School, CO) and positions as a composer in residence (Emrick Production Group; Matthias Grünewald High School, Germany; and Age of Harp). He recently received the “Masterworks Prize” for his piano quartet “The Monk and the Fish” which is recorded for the awarded CD series “Masterworks of the New Era”. He was also a finalist in the “FAO’s 2006 International Composition Competition” with his orchestra work “Persiflamia”. He has worked for institutions like GRAMMY as a counselor for composition, arrangement and film scoring and Kenwood for which he composed their radio spot, which was running on over 120 radio stations nation wide for one year.
Librettist: Cynthia Ferrell
Librettist Bio: Cynthia Ferrell is a Los Angeles based playwright and librettist.
Premiere Date: September 10, 2011
Producing Company: California International Theatre Festival
Description: El Canguro (“The Kangaroo”) is the haunted tale of Roo, a poverty-stricken girl of 20, living in the rainforest of Tikal.  It is a jungle meditation on the tragic mental and societal cost of child trafficking, told from the point of view of this mixed-race young woman. Roo is at once surrounded by the magnificent pyramids of her Maya ancestors and the soda-can tiled shacks of her living Maya neighbors.  To her father, Roo is a source of new wealth:  she bears babies to sell into the lucrative adoption market. The proceeds are enough to build a true house for her father and brother – and enough to give Roo courage to challenge traditional society. Yet the year is ending; international laws are closing in. To capitalize quickly on the last of the big money, her father, Denis, has sold Roo’s unborn, third child, three times over.  The effort is already too late:  in the nighttime, unknown to him, Roo has miscarried.  A cat-and-mouse game ensues – Roo desperate to hide the grave and find another child to sell. Shadowing the family’s rain-drenched encounters is a dangerous, simmering war between the village and the vicious ruling gang.  When the slim rail fence of her newly-built home is breached by the gang, Roo and her small family face their final option and epiphany.
Character List (Major): Roo Matías Inocencio
Polo Matías Inocencio
Denis Matías

Character List (Minor): Itzel Inoncencio Vargas
Cesar
Bit Parts: New York Wife
New York Husband
Kansas Wife
Kansas Husband
English Husband 1
English Husband 2
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Priest
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Adopting couples, priest, Maya matriarch, Maya daughter with anewborn baby, gang members. All double as animals.
Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://www.petermichaelvondernahmer.com/
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