In response to the global pandemic and the recent upheaval in the performing arts, Black Button Eyes' Productions has created an online-only script and video experience that is available now and free to access.
"Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to present the world premiere of Masque of the Red Coronavirus, a free online-only script and video experience, written and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford and adapted, in part, from Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Masque of Red Death. Poe’s story, along with a few contemporary newspaper articles about how the wealthy are reacting to the current pandemic, inspired Rutherford to create a script combining the two into a short, angry satirical piece. In late March, the company reached out to a variety of artists to curate remotely recorded, multi-disciplinary performances from the script including spoken word, song, original music, fire dancing, puppetry, burlesque dancing, opera and more."
I had the pleasure of performing one of my favorite arias, "Elle a fui, la tourterelle" from Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, for this eerie and political parody.
It's always an honor to work with BBEP, but it was especially awesome to see how creative this group of artists could be to bring this work to life while under a "shelter in place" order! If you would like to support any of the artists financially, please refer to the Venmo, PayPal and Patreon information at the end of the page (under "Curtain Call").