THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

BY MARC BLITZSTEIN

 

An award-winning new production concept for THE CRADLE WILL ROCK BY MARC BLITZSTEIN, developed by THE LIBERTINE COMMITTEE, a five fingered fist of creative smack-down comprising of ALISON MORITZ, CHARLES MURDOCK LUCAS, DINA PEREZ and KYLE GRANT. (MARC BLITZSTEIN is the thumb). 

THE LIBERTINE COMMITTEE's exciting new staging for THE CRADLE WILL ROCK was a winner of the 2015 ROBERT L.B. TOBIN DIRECTOR-DESIGNER SHOWCASE sponsored by OPERA AMERICA.

MARC BLITZSTEIN forged THE CRADLE WILL ROCK in a very specific political and social context, but the questions it raises regarding economic power, class structure, agency, hypocrisy, and opposing forces remain as urgent today as they were in 1937. Presenting opera in 2015 is a socially relevant act, and our concept engages the audience in contemporary moral debate. Rather than accusing or lecturing, we use humour and 1930s musical theatre traditions to reveal the struggles of social exploitation, inviting the audience to raise their voices.

I am a product of my time—and my time is one of urgency and direct communication in the arts.
— Marc Blitzstein, Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein By Eric A. Gordon

Larry Foreman urges, we stand stronger together than we do apart, like fingers closing to form a fist. Our production concept, inspired by this metaphor, include a set composed of disparate elements that break apart and reconfigure into different locations in Steeltown, USA. By exposing parts of the performance experience that are typically hidden, we reveal class structure and invite the audience to reconsider their role as spectators.

Above all, this is a world of contemporary archetypes, with characters and social structures immediately recognizable and relatable to modern audiences.