PERSONA, OPERA BY KEERIL MAKAN AND JAY SCHEIB AFTER THE FILM BY INGMAR BERGMAN
Based on Ingmar Bergman's classic film, Persona is a provocative and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. In an isolated summer house, a young nurse becomes caretaker of a stage actress who has suddenly lost the ability to speak. The deepening layers of their unsettling relationship unfold in a taut psychological drama, revealed through a unique aural landscape and a richly layered production.
Composer, Keeril Makan; Librettist, Jay Scheib; Conductor, Evan Ziporyn; Set Design, Caleb Wertenbaker; Costumes, Oana Botez; Video and Lighting, Joshua Higgason; Creative Producer, Beth Morrison
With Amanda Crider, Lacey Dorn, Peabody Southwell and Joshua Jeremiah
Directed by Jay Scheib
Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and National Sawdust. Developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects with support from the Center for Art Science and Technology, MIT. LA Opera Off Grand is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.