Friday, September 30, 2016

STORIES AND SONGS OF CHICAGO with The Lyric Opera of Chicago

 September was quite a busy month, topped off with the culminating event of my work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  On Sept 24th, the Lyric presented STORIES AND SONGS OF CHICAGO, featuring new music-theatre works showcasing the stories of three local nonprofits.  

A CIRCLE OF HOPE was the second show in the line-up that evening. 

The Harmony Hope & Healing Ensemble

Ensemble Members Wanda Patterson and Amanda Asque

I wrote the script for A CIRCLE OF HOPE, celebrating the amazing work done at Harmony Hope and Healing.  As I’ve noted in prior posts, this has been truly a unique, humbling and fulfilling experience, and I was full of anticipation on the 24th as the crowd gathered at the Harris Theater to see the performance. 

WOW. JUST WOW is all I can really say. I learned a lot. My heart was touched. And I’m going to treasure this experience as a highlight of my work as a writer of color.

My parents came. (This is the highest production value for any show I’ve done so far). My partner and I had reserved seats!  And the performance… it brought tears to my eyes seeing all that hard work pay off for the ensemble.  And it was awesome to finally see work from the other two organizations participating in the initiative:  Tellin’ Tales Theatre, and the Kirin-Gornik band.

Final Bows with All Three Ensembles. I"m there in the very back row! 

Thank you Chicago. Thank you Harmony Hope & Healing. Thank You Collaborating creative team, and thank you Lyric Opera for creating space for amazing work like this to come to life.