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Sun, Aug 29


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LIVE STREAM Bird of the Inner Eye | Dell’Arte International

An original chamber opera by Gina Leishman (music) and Joan Schirle (libretto) based on the letters of painter Morris Graves. This exciting original piece will be streamed live on Sunday, August 29. Your $20 ticket purchase allows you to watch live or replay anytime through Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

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LIVE STREAM Bird of the Inner Eye | Dell’Arte International
LIVE STREAM Bird of the Inner Eye | Dell’Arte International

Time & Location

Aug 29, 2021, 2:00 PM

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About the event

A Safety update on our performances:

Due to the current COVID restrictions in Humboldt County, The Arcata Playhouse regrettably had to make public performances of BOTIE unavailable.

However, we will be streaming the opera!

If you already bought a ticket, you will be sent a free link to:

  • August 29, 2 PM performance, live-streamed
  • A free link to the recording good for a week, to watch from the safety of your home as often as you like until Sept. 4.
  • A playbill and libretto.

We will continue to sell tickets to the streaming until Sept. 3, if you know others who would like to see the opera, tickets to the live-stream and recording are $20, to order here: BOTIE Tickets

BIRD OF THE INNER EYE, A Chamber Opera... In partnership with the Arcata Playhouse, we are proud to present the first workshop production of this unique new work with libretto by Founding Artistic Director, Joan Schirle. This is a true 'theatre of place' event, as Graves spent the last 30 years of his life in Loleta, CA; included in the cast are many locals: singers /musicians David Belton Powell (tenor), Elisabeth Harrington, (soprano),  local musicians Nancy Correll (pianist) and Garrick Woods (cello), as well as former residents, singer Jodi Gilbert and clarinetist  Michael Moore. Soprano Dina Emerson joins us from Las Vegas, where she sings in Cirque's "O.' The opera will be staged concert-style, with 5 singers, 4 musicians, 1 puppeteer, and projections courtesy of the Morris Graves Foundation.  The exciting score of "Bird" calls for piano, piano harp, glass armonica, cello/bass, accordion, and clarinet, with the composer playing  glass and accordion. Estimated run time 90 minutes.

JOAN SCHIRLE"My libretto focuses on Graves’ years as a conscientious objector and the women who supported him. Graves’ struggles-- against war, against the degradation of the natural world, against the corrupting influence of fame-- never caused him to lose hope or give up the work of art-making. These struggles seem to us connected to our own and many contemporary artists’ lives. If we believe art is not neutral, how and what can we artists create in this chaotic time?

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