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Ring in Rob's Middle Ages: An ODC Theater Fundraiser
July 11

Ring in Rob’s Middle Ages
An ODC Theater Fundraiser
Monday, July 11, 2011

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Ring in Rob's Middle Ages and toast to the Theater's fall season with a special wine reception with Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery. Then, watch a scene go from idea, to lyric, to stage, to music, to  full blown opera as you experience a virtuosic musical outpouring from Rob and some of San Francisco’s finest pop stars.  We will also share highlights of things to come in the 2011-2012 season.  Concert will include an intermission with wine & hearty hors d’oeuvres. The evening ends with a tasty conclusion of champagne and cake. Festive attire encouraged.
$100 per person, $175 per couple.
Seating is extremely limited.  RSVP ASAP.
Unable to attend?  Make a fully tax-deductible contribution in honor of Rob’s birthday!
*$70 of individual tickets and $140 of couple tickets are tax-deductible.

A Special Message from the Director:

As many of you know, every other year, I pimp my birthday as a fundraiser for the works to be presented on the coming season. This year is special for me for two big reasons: both ODC and I are turning 40 (yikes) and one of the pieces on the ODC Theater roster this year is my new collaboration with Jack Perla, our opera Love/Hate.
I don’t really know how to turn forty. Does anyone? Just like I didn’t really know how to stop being the full-time musician and writer I was when I walked in the door at ODC, and truthfully, just like getting older, I never have stopped. Ultimately, my own inner circle of artists and collaborators who share my musical and theatrical life in other parts of the country and through other institutions are central to the vision I have brought to ODC over the last nine seasons. Time to bring these parts of my life together under one roof, at least for one special night.

It will be my great pleasure to introduce these incredible artists to you, for us to make music together for you, and to share the inside of my creative process – how words become music; how a clarinetist becomes a Theater Director; how sharing a slice of pizza over a Beethoven debate in grad school blossoms into an eighteen-year collaboration; and how a fated trip to Texas can leave you in a lifelong Mirage. 

Please come share this evening with me!  It will be momentous, personal, hilarious, filled with decades of labor and love – and of course much news of what’s to come in the 2011-12 season!



2011-12 Season Roster
Deborah Slater / Julie Hebert – Night Falls
Catherine Galasso – Bring on the Lumiere
Kristina Wong – Cat Lady
inkBoat – The Line Between
La Alternativa - TBA
Ledges and Bones  - WANT
Morgan Thorson - FAT/dig
David Gordon – Pirandello Project
CoisCiem – Faun  / Nijinsky Project

About Love/Hate:
Love/Hate is scheduled for its premiere run in 2012, with performances in New York (American Opera Projects), Arlington (Urban Arias), Philadelphia (Center City Opera Theater), San Francisco (ODC Theater + San Francisco Opera Center), and Houston (Houston Grand Opera, HGOco). Our San Francisco production at ODC Theater is in collaboration with San Francisco Opera Center, and features singers from San Francisco Opera's prestigious Adler Fellows Program. Commissioned by American Opera Projects and ODC Theater, Love/Hate received early support and performances at Galapagos Space in New York, Manhattan School of Music, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Love/Hate is a chamber opera about a relationship that might happen. Two middle aged, single people stand at a bus stop, a place they see each other frequently, where even their eyes have met now and again. But nothing ever happens. At last, the man, George, asks the woman, Laura, her name. A wild fantasia ensues for each about every reason they have in their arsenal for refusing to meet new people. Each travels through memory and fantasy, cavorting with old flames, retracing steps of former heartbreaks, and landing at their own precipice, in real time, over and over again, at the moment they might say, “hello.” Rife with every messy step, from clumsy sexual experimentation to full blown commitment, blood thirsty fights to tender acknowledgements, Love/Hate shamelessly posits an old paradox for a new era. It’s a little like Canterbury Tales meets Milan Kundera (dreamy and vignette-driven) but with a splash of Dr. Ruth.


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