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Robert Ashley: Improvement (Don Leaves Linda)

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No Longer Showing.

This newly reconstructed opera by the late Robert Ashley (written in 1985 and first performed in 1991) follows the adventures of its protagonist Linda, whose travels and romances can be read as attempts at assimilation and cultural cross-pollination, with varying degrees of success and rejection. The metaphor stretches in time from 1492—the beginning of a European consciousness of America and the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain—to the late 1940s on the West Coast (representing the future of the USA). Densely layered streams of text, lush live vocals, and a minutely structured electronic orchestra combine to present Ashley’s portrait of the American psyche. Featuring singers Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto, David Ruder, Aliza Simons, and Music Director Tom Hamilton.

February 7–9, 13–16, 8pm. $25 General / $20 Members.

All shows are sold out. A waiting list will begin at 7pm each night at the box office. You must sign up in person.

Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) is made possible with support from Howard Gilman Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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