The show The New York Times called “joyous” returns for one more night on September 21st at the Soho Playhouse. SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story, a beer-soaked opera by James Barry and Timothy Braun produced by Opera on Tap, has been selected as one of only thirteen shows to take part in the FringeNYC Encore series.
The “hilarious slapstick-style opera”(Feast of Music) won over audiences during its run at the New York International Fringe Festival this August and was praised as “an opera with belly laughs…”(The New York Times), “a party of a show…a delicious brew of top-shelf singers mixed with downtown creativity…” (NYTheaterNOW), and “a heck of a lot of fun…” (Hi!Drama). Giving a new spin to the operatic mainstay of the strong leading lady, SMASHED is an absurdly comic take on the life of Carrie Nation, a radical turn-of-the-century temperance leader who furthered her cause through vandalism–namely, attacking drinking establishments with a hatchet.
The cast features Krista Wozniak as Carrie Nation, Lynn Berg as the narrator, David Schmidt as The Bartender/The Scientist/The Officer/God, and Seth Gilman, Christiana Little, Jocelyne O’Toole, Evan McCormack, Cameron Russell, and Patricia Vital. Jenny Lee Mitchell directs, with musical direction from Mila Henry, costumes and props by Ramona Ponce, and lighting design by Christopher Weston.
Brooklyn-based company Opera on Tap commissioned James Barry to write SMASHED in 2013 as the first work in their Roadworks series, which commissions immersive and entertaining new chamber works that are accessible to audiences who may otherwise be outside of the opera community. “I had the idea for a drunken opera of sorts,” says James, “and thought it would be the perfect marriage of art and mission for Opera On Tap.”
Opera on Tap aims to break down the misconception that opera is elitist and stuffy by performing in informal spaces such as bars and rock halls. Started at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn, Opera on Tap has grown into a national organization with 16 chapters across the country. “We are honored to be included in the FringeNYC Encore series and thrilled that our first full production continues to live,” says General Managing Diva of Opera on Tap, Anne Hiatt.
SMASHED will return for one night only as part of the FringeNYC Encore series on September 21, 2014 at 9:30pm in the Soho Playhouse’s Huron Club. For more information and tickets visit www.SmashedtheOpera.com.