The Long Walk
Composer: Jeremy Howard Beck
Librettist: Stephanie Fleischmann
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

Two WOMEN:

IRAQI WOMAN / SHRINK / AUNT SARAH — Soprano

IRAQI WOMAN / PERNEATHA / YOGINI — Soprano

Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration:

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
Address:

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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