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Thirty years after Robert Mapplethorpe’s death, the world still cannot turn away from the magnetism and emotional complexity of his influential photographs. With their startling union of erotic heat and cool classicism, his controversial works were images of a generation, shattering mainstream conceptions of conventional beauty. Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is the daring collaboration of a group of visionary artists working together for the first time, inspired by and featuring images from Mapplethorpe’s stunning body of work.
Composed by Bryce Dessner (guitarist for Grammy Award–winning band The National), featuring libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle, poetry by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, and sung by the eight-person choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Triptych is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration of artists and art forms. Mapplethorpe’s uncanny ability to upend beliefs on race, gender and politics in both edifying and reckless ways is celebrated and examined here through haunting, unforgettable music and large-scale projections of his work. Triptych is a bold tribute to one of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century.
This Kander and Ebb musical is set in 1935, when the world faces an uncertain political and economic future. At the height of the Great Depression, the government-funded Federal Theatre Project gathers a group of performers to tell the story of optimistic Flora Meszaros, a newly graduated art student. She embarks on a career as a fashion illustrator in Manhattan, and soon falls in love with Harry, a fellow artist. But Harry has a secret—he turns out to be an idealistic communist. Is Flora herself a “red menace” or just that good ol’ classic Broadway standby — a gal in love?
Flora, The Red Menace is the first collaboration between the creators of Cabaret and Chicago. Although the original Broadway production ran for only 87 performances, critics and the public alike were enchanted by the show’s 19-year-old star, Liza Minnelli, whose breakout performance in the title role won her a Tony Award.
Thursday, October 31, 8:00 pm
Friday, November 1, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 2, 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm
Tickets from $12