OperaPulse Exclusive: Behind the Scenes with Smashed

SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story is an “hilarious slapstick-style opera” created by James Barry and Timothy Braun, and produced by the “raucous and sublime” Brooklyn-based company Opera on Tap.

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. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below.

With stage direction by Jenny Lee Mitchell, musical direction from Mila Henry, costumes by Ramona Ponce, and lighting design by Christopher Weston, the beer-soaked production features Krista Wozniak as Carrie Nation, Lynn Berg as the narrator, David Schmidt as The Bartender/The Scientist/The Officer/God, with Seth Gilman, Christiana Little, Jocelyne O’Toole, Evan McCormack, Cameron Russell, and Patricia Vital.

SMASHED will return for ONE NIGHT ONLY as part of the FringeNYC Encore series on September 21 at 9:30pm in the Soho Playhouse’s Huron Club. For more information and tickets visit www.SmashedtheOpera.com.

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