Company:Beth Morrison Projects
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performance datesmatinee
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Composer: Michael Gordon

Librettist: Deborah Artman
"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

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Soldier SongsLittleFriday, April 6, 2018
Soldier SongsLittleFriday, April 6, 2018
The Echo DriftKarlssonWednesday, January 10, 2018
AcquanettaGordonTuesday, January 9, 2018
PERSONAMakanThursday, November 9, 2017
ThumbprintSankaramThursday, June 15, 2017
ThumbprintSankaramThursday, June 15, 2017
The Hubble CantataPrestiniThursday, May 25, 2017
The Hubble CantataPrestiniThursday, May 25, 2017
The Hubble CantataPrestiniThursday, May 25, 2017
The SourceHearneFriday, February 24, 2017
The SourceHearneFriday, February 24, 2017
Sound From the BenchHearneThursday, February 2, 2017
Breaking the WavesMazzoliFriday, January 6, 2017
Breaking the WavesMazzoliFriday, January 6, 2017
HEREAcquanettaGordonJanuary 2018
Beth Morrison ProjectsAcquanettaGordonJanuary 2018
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