The Long Walk
Composer: Jeremy Howard Beck
Composer Bio: Jeremy Howard Beck's music has been performed across the country: at the 25th annual Bang on a Can Marathon; MYTHOS, a concert benefiting Education Through Music-Los Angeles (California); the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASSMoCA (Massachusetts); the International Trombone Festival (Austin, Texas); the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut); and New York venues Symphony Space, The Cell, Galapagos Art Space, The Tank, and the Gershwin Hotel. He is the recipient, for his trombone quartet Awakening, of a 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and his first symphony, Metropolis, was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2010 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize competition. Recent commissions include chamber works for the Gaudete Brass Quintet, the Guidonian Hand, and Choral Chameleon, and an evening-length opera based on Brian Castner’s acclaimed memoir The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows for American Lyric Theater. An active trombonist, he performed with TILT Brass in SuperCriticalMass’s SWELTER at the Central Park Lake as part of Make Music New York, and plays regularly with the Chelsea Symphony. He is the first Composer-in-Residence of the Guidonian Hand trombone quartet, whose recording of Awakening is available on iTunes, Amazon, and bandcamp. Jeremy studied at The Juilliard School with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse, and at New York University with Mark Adamo and Deniz Hughes. (taken from
Librettist: Stephanie Fleischmann
Librettist Bio: Stephanie Fleischmann is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a former Playwrights Center Core Writer. Stephanie received a NYSCA Individual Artist Theater commission for her libretto for the multimedia music-theater work Red Fly/Blue Bottle. Other grants and awards include NEA Opera/Music-Theater commission, two NYFA Fellowships, the Whitfield Cook Award, the Frederic Loewe Award, and a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. She has also enjoyed residencies at MacDowell, HARP, Hedgebrook, Mabou Mines/Suite, DPI, and the Chocolate Factory. She was a Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting at Sewanee, and has taught at Bard College and the Playwrights Foundation. Stephanie currently teaches playwriting at Skidmore College.
Other Artistic Personnel:

David Schweizer - Stage Director 

Steven Osgood - Conductor

Original Cast:

Daniel Belcher -  Brian Castner

Heather Johnson -   Jessie Castner, Brian’s wife

David Blalock -  Ricky

Javier Abreu -  Castleman

Justin Hopkins -  Jeff 

Caroline Worra -  Iraqi Woman / Shrink / Aunt Sarah  

Donita Volkwijn -  Iraqi Woman / Perneatha / Yogini
Premiere Date: July 10, 2015
Description: The Long Walk is a new opera by composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, based on Brian Castner’s critically acclaimed book of the same name. The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life. Commissioned by American Lyric Theater in 2012, the opera has been developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program. 

Character List (Major):

Cast of characters

BRIAN — A returned Iraq veteran. An EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] unit captain, home for almost 2 years now. — Baritone

JESSIE —  Brian’s wife. — Mezzo-Soprano

Their THREE SONS — Virgil, 10; Martin, 7; Samuel, 5 — Trebles

SOLDIERS in Brian’s unit:

CASTLEMAN — High Tenor

RICKY — Lyric Tenor

JEFF — Bass-Baritone




Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 2

fl (= picc), cl (= bcl)

2 hn, 2 tpt, tbn, btbn

kybd (pno, synth)

1 perc: Large concert bass drum, Snare drum, Tam-tam, Medium gong, Anvil, Brake drum, Splash cymbal, Sizzle cymbal, Hi-hat, Triangle, Chimes, Vibraphone (with motor), Crotales, Glockenspiel, Sandpaper blocks, Whip, 2 Wood blocks (high and low), Standard orchestral ratchet (standard orchestral

ratchet), Football ratchet (played by Keyboardist), Flexatone, 2 Rutes, Very small superball/flumi/friction mallet, Bass bow

2 egtr

2vn, va, vc, db (db=ebgtr)

Contact: Lawrence Edelson

Publisher information: All inquiries should be directed to Lawrence Edelson at American Lyric Theater, 410 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Phone: 646-216-8298

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