"Miranda" is a multi-media chamber opera that I'm developing at HERE Art Center in SoHo, New York. Basically, I started with the idea that I wanted to write a really modern opera. So I decided to base the opera on a reality TV show. Set in the not-so-distant future, "Miranda" is one episode of the hit CourtTV show "The Whole Truth." Vested with the power of Article 14 of the New Federation of Northern States penal code, the audience is granted the power to watch the proceedings, and ultimately convict and sentence a killer. The show is presided over by DAVE (Digital Artificial Verification Entity), the show's crime computer. With the help of the Ruffians (a troupe of prisoners/instrumentalists), DAVE recreates the events leading up to the murder. The audience watches the day's events from the perspective of the defense and then the prosecution. Finally, they must choose whodunnit: the father, the mother, or the fiancee...
I've been working on this show for the past three years. The music is complete and HERE is going to produce the show, but I have to supply half of the funding. This Kickstarter campaign is dedicated to the instrumentalists. They're really amazing. Not only can they play beautifully in a range of styles, but they're willing to sing, and they let me dress them in drag! With your help, I can pay these lovely individuals what they're worth.
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