FULL LIVE SEASONS IN WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE
IN Series will present a season of five productions in both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore that includes international collaborations, innovative site-specific productions, large-scale immersive choral works, a major new production of a landmark work from the most great living American opera composer, and a jazz and blues cabaret elevating the musical legacy of DC, the DMV and godfather of go-go music. This season, the IN series travels to over 10 unique DC and Baltimore locations with its acclaimed, one-of-a-kind bold approach to blending music, drama, art, justice and faith.
THE NIGHT SONG OF ORPHEUS
by Claudio Monteverdi
in partnership with NOHGAKU THEATER
performed in English and Japanese
September 9-11, 2022 Source Theatre, Washington DC
September 16-18, 2022 Dupont Underground, Baltimore
September 23-25, 2022 Baltimore Theater Project
Claudio Monteverdi, the father of opera, probably wrote his famous “Orpheus – A Fable in Music” and his iconic “Vespers” in the same year. As a new creation merging these towering masterpieces, THE NIGHT SONG OF ORPHEUS connects the first opera still performed with the oldest theatrical forms still practiced. In collaboration with Japanese Noh specialists from the Nohgaku Theatre, this one-of-a-kind performance weaves together haunting Baroque melody, poetry and dance, with Japan’s ancient masked musical and dramatic tradition. At its center is the immortal myth of love, loss and the power of music. An orchestra of baroque musicians, a cast of seven exciting local voice actors and the legendary performers of the Nohgaku Theater bring this new work to life, performed for the first time in Japanese and English. Join the second weekend of performances and journey into the underworld yourself at the magical Dupont Underground!
Directed and Directed by Timothy Nelson
Design by Paul Callahan & Deb Sivigny
With Tony Boutte in the role of ORPHÉE
with the Baroque INnovatio Orchestra
ALSO INCLUDING: Aryssa Burrs, Allan Palacio Chan, Janna Critz, Gayssie Lugo, Cara Schaefer, Marra Yaffee, & Nohgaku Theater performers and musicians
by Mozart, Vivier and Boulanger
November 4 and 13, 2022 Hand Chapel, Washington, DC
November 5, 2022 Surprise DC Venue, Washington, DC
November 11-12, 2022 Capitol Hill of St. Mark
November 18-21, 2022 2640 Space, Baltimore, MD
There are few masterpieces more moving and memorable than Mozart’s Requiem Mass, left utterly incomplete at the time of his death. No less powerful is the myth of its composition. Throughout our 40 years, IN Series has performed Mozart’s mature operas many times, in many different ways and in many spaces. Now, for the very first time, IN Series will stage an innovative staging of the music left unfinished by Mozart when he died, while elevating the music of two other brilliant and often ignored composers of the 20th century. French composer Lili Boulanger and Canadian composer Claude Vivier, like Mozart, died before their 36th birthday, and like Mozart left incomplete death music of extraordinary beauty and craftsmanship. These three pieces of music will be woven together in a staging reminiscent of Artistic Director Timothy Nelson’s first IN series production: VIVA VERDI. – The promised end.
Performances will take place throughout Washington, DC, before traveling to Baltimore, each night in a different sacred and iconic space in the nation’s capital. In this way, each performance is different, a reinvention, a digging deeper. Significantly, it all starts at Mount Vernon College’s Hand Chapel, where IN Series was founded and first played in 1982.
Directed by Timothy Nelson
Musical direction by Emily Baltzer
Design by Abigail Hoke-Brady & Lawrence E. Moten III
WITH: Helena Colindres, Teresa Ferrara, Aryssa Leigh Burrs, Gayssie Lugo, Daniel J. Smith, Jarrod Lee
THE ORDER OF MOSES
by Nathaniel Dett
in collaboration with Heritage signature choir
February 4, 5, 11, 2023 Surprise Sacred Place in the Heart of Washington, DC
In response to the success of our acclaimed 2019 production of CHILDHOOD OF CHRISTIN Series revisits the connection between art, faith and justice with an incarnation of Nathaniel Dett’s formidable oratorio THE ORDER OF MOSES. Once again interpreted as a communal musical and theatrical ritual, surrounding the audience with action and sound, this performance will redefine both the artistic and spiritual experience. In 1932, the black Canadian composer Nathaniel Dett built his most famous work from the tradition of the African-American spiritual. Less than a decade later, the piece would become the central touring work in the repertoire of DC’s National Negro Opera Company, founded by Mary Cardwell Dawson, for whom the IN Series Cardwell Dawson Artist Fellowship is named. . These performances, which traveled to cities across America and were attended by legends of the civil rights movement, used this lyrical account of the liberation of enslaved Israelites as fuel to launch the quest for justice blazing in all of America.
For this performance, IN Series collaborates with DC’s own Heritage Signature Choir, the nation’s premier ensemble celebrating and performing the spiritual classic. DC artist Richshaad Ryan creates epic canvases telling both the classic biblical story, the American story of the quest for equality, and a Washington, DC story of the journey to justice through faith.
Directed by Stanley Thurston
Directed by Jarrod Lee and Timothy Nelson
I LOOKED AT THE CEILING THEN I SAW THE SKY
by John Adams
texts by June Jordan
April 14-16, 2023 Baltimore Theater Project
April 21, 22, 29 and 30, 2023 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Finally, IN Series previews a new production by composer John Adams and poet June Jordan’s seminal collaboration. I LOOKED AT THE CEILING THEN I SAW THE SKY. We’re making history with this production, as the first new staging of the work since it was first recorded with Broadway legend Audra McDonald. Called by its creators a “game-song”, CEILING/ SKY mixes styles of popular music from America with the search for the poetry of love and a leaning towards justice, while telling the story of seven mixed souls who find themselves thrown together during the Northridge earthquake in 1994. This luminous work takes its title from one of the survivors of this disaster, its music from America’s most important living composer and its text from an uncompromising poet on beauty. In it, love reveals that there is more to us than we have come to believe. This production is one of the national opera and theater events not to be missed this year!
Directed by Timothy Nelson
Musical direction by Emily Baltzer and Dave Chavez
WITH: Judy Yannini, Daniel J. Smith, Shana Oshiro
Supported by a grant from Opera America
CHUCK AND EVA
of The Great American Songbook
after the album “The Other Side”
by Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy
A new work by Natalie Hopkinson
June 2-18, 2023 Source Theatre, Washington, DC
June 23-25, 2023 Baltimore Theater Project, Baltimore, MD
In 1992, the godfather of go-go, DC legend Chuck Brown, and a then-unknown singer from Maryland named Eva Cassidy created a Great American Songbook music album called “The Other Side”. This is the story of this album, and the unlikely friendship that forged between these two artists whose lives couldn’t have been more different, but who were bound by music that rose from deep within. their soul. In a season that begins with music from long ago and theater from afar, IN Series arrives here in a new work celebrating a DC history of DC music alive and well today. Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, professor at Howard University, co-founder of #DontMuteDCbrings his deep artistic and ethnographic knowledge of the music, history and culture of Washington, DC to the writing of this new cabaret-style theatrical work.
Some of the DMV’s brightest and boldest vocalists and instrumentalists sizzle and serenade, groove and dive deep into telling a different kind of story about the quintessential power of music.
IN Series is the flagship of innovative opera theater in Washington DC. We make theater from music: transform artists, audiences and community by disrupting expectations, nurturing empathy, stimulating insight and deepening conversation. IN Series envisions a thriving global community in which opera is a fully integrated and essential part of the collective conversation. In imagining the journey to that end, IN Series is a force for change – a force that, with each groundbreaking production and outreach event, radically transforms perceptions of who What or, and Why opera: who makes opera and for whom it is made; what defines a lyrical experience; where the operas take place; why we do opera; and why opera matters.
Founded by Carla Hübner in 1982 as a former Mount Vernon College concert series, “The In Series” became an independent, non-profit arts organization in 2000 and has been a resident company at the Source Theater since 2008. Timothy Nelson assumed artistic direction in 2018, quickly establishing the new “IN Series” as DC’s home for “thought, debate, story and innovation” (DC Metro Theater Arts) in opera. inseries.org
The 2021-2022 season of the IN series is made possible in part thanks to major funding from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz, Dallas Morse Coors, the Billy Rose Foundations; the Angell Foundation; Dan and Gloria Logan; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies; the Celtino Foundation, the Dimick Foundation, Eugene Lang, Reva and David Logan and M&T Bank.