“One of the most exciting new operas of recent years!”Wall Street Journal
Dog Days is a work of contemporary music-theatre from celebrated composer David T. Little that incorporates elements of opera, musical theatre, and rock-infused concert music to investigate the psychology of a working-class American family pitted against a not-so-distant-future wartime scenario. Based on a powerful short story by Judy Budnitz, Dog Days is set in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe as a family struggles to survive. The teenage daughter clings to hope, unwilling to accept their dire situation, until a disturbing stranger shows up at the doorstep.
“It's only a matter of time before this riveting show is confirmed as a groundbreaking American classic.”The New York Times
Beyond the Stage
Join us for a post-show discussion and Q&A with composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek, moderated by Randall Eng, Assistant Arts Professor, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing , NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
THIS PRODUCTION FEATURES VIOLENCE, MATURE THEMES AND ADULT LANGUAGE. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.
COMPOSED BY DAVID T. LITTLE
LIBRETTO BY ROYCE VAVREK
BASED ON THE SHORT STORY “DOG DAYS” BY JUDY BUDNITZ
ROBERT WOODRUFF, DIRECTOR
ASHLEY KELLY TATA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION ORIGINALLY PRODUCED BY PEAK PERFORMANCES@MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY (NJ) IN ASSOCIATION WITH BETH MORRISON PROJECTS.
TOUR PRODUCED BY BETH MORRISON PROJECTS.
COMMISSIONED BY PEAK PERFORMANCES@MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY (NJ)