From Page to Stage: Fellow Travelers with Arizona Opera, Gregory Spears, Greg Pierce, Kevin Newbury, Thomas Mallon
Date(s): Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Marston Exploration Theater, Arizona State University, 781 E Terrace Rd, Tempe, AZ 85287
Type(s): Discussion, Q&A
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About this Event
In an event with the Arizona Opera and ASU’s Center for Jewish Studies, School of Music, and Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the composer, librettist, and director of Fellow Travelers, along with the author of the book in which it’s based, will sit down to discuss the process of generating an impactful story, translating it to an opera score, and bringing it to life on stage. The discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.
About the Opera
It's 1950s Washington, D.C.: a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, dominated by personalities like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Joe McCarthy. Enter Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job and, after Fuller's advances, his first love affair.
As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Moving between the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO's front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is a searing historical novel infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak.
To learn more about Fellow Travelers, visit Arizona Opera's website at https://www.azopera.org/performances/fellow-travelers.