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Ecclesia Houston

Another City

Music by Jeremy Howard Beck
Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann

March 9 - March 11, 2023

Another City is a Houston Grand Opera commission in our Song of Houston series; it will be HGO’s 74th world premiere. This powerfully moving exploration of the experience of homelessness, created in response to in-depth interviews and conversations with Houston’s homeless community, presents the collective voices of a city in search of the meaning of home. Kaleidoscopic and immersive, Another City’s web of intersecting stories chronicles a single day and night in the lives of those experiencing homelessness and those working to help however they can. As housing is lost, gained, and carried as memory, the opera asks: How do we bridge the chasm between the city we can see and the one we can’t—a city which is all around us but invisible, hiding in plain sight?

Venue: Ecclesia | March 9-11, 2023 
Venue Address: 1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007

  • Price
    $25
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    1 Hour, 20 Minutes
  • Language
    English

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Cast & Creative

Cast
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Travon Walker

The Navigator

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Joshua Blue

Langston Rodriguez

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Aaron Keeney

Hank Edwards / Passionate Civil Servant

Dominguez Color
Meryl Dominguez

Skyspace Woman

Emily Treigle BW
Emily Treigle

Miss Violet

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Sarah Tucker

Volunteer Girl

Aarianna B. Longino Headshot (1)
Aarianna Longino

Henrietta / Angry Citizen

Said Pressley Crop
Saïd Henry Pressley

Dexter / Tent Man

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Renée Richardson

Woman Whose Uncle Loved Maria Callas

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Rohan Ramanan

Manoj Mukherjee

Norman Headshot
Norman Mathews

Bruce Turner

Creative Team
Conductor
Alex Amsel

Conductor

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Emily N. Wells

Director

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Clair Hummel

Costume Designer

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Michael James Clark

Lighting Designer

Andrew Harper
Andrew Harper

Sound Designer

Thank You to Our Partners

A Note from the Creators

 

When we set out to speak with folks experiencing homelessness in Houston and those working to help the unhoused, we were overwhelmed by the generosity with which people opened up their spaces of refuge, and their hearts, to us. We were deeply moved by the eloquence, the music of their voices. Their stories—rich and varied, running the gamut of failures and triumphs, pain and joy—form the fabric of this opera. Diving deeper into our research, we discovered that any city grappling with homelessness is actually two cities coexisting, like parallel universes, one laid atop the other. How its inhabitants cross over from one city to the next—to be of service, or to attempt to shift the paradigm, or to meet a family member where they are—is not just about the act of seeing, or not seeing. It is the rare person who has the tools and resourcefulness to straddle the divide. The Navigator in ANOTHER CITY, named for an actual job title, has this ability. Like all others in this line of work, he must combine the skill of a social worker with an intimate knowledge of, and the ability to move fluidly between, the city’s hidden, forgotten places. It is our hope that the experience of this opera can, in some small way, help its audiences traverse that space between their own two cities, and, in so doing, start to build another, more harmonious city, wherever they are. For, as we wrote, we began to understand that Houston, in all its vibrant idiosyncrasy, could be any city. The problems plaguing that metropolis are universal. The city in this opera could be yours.

Sponsors

Grand Underwriter
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Underwriter
  • Shelly Cyprus

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