Marie is a modern woman in a time of endless possibilities. But on her 30th birthday, she reflects on her life and realizes she hasn’t done much of anything, especially since her father passed away. Today will be the day that she starts getting her life together. The opera, which takes place in the modern apartment of the female lead, starts with an introduction of the main character, Marie. At the end of this scene the audience votes which path to take from the two choices presented. After the audience selects the first path, they will encounter other choices at the end of each 2-6 minute scene. With each choice, characters who are intertwined with the lead character present new plot twists and dilemmas. Check out these recordings-https://soundcloud.com/efjcomposer/sets/marie-begins
It took a bunch of false starts before finding the perfect voice for this opera. Julia and I were introduced through a mutual friend in Arizona and we started meeting in a little cafe in South Philly in 2016. I love her humor and unique way of seeing the world. She is so easy to work with! Read a page of the libretto on her website.
Click the buttons to progress through the choices.
While this is not the final diagram for the opera, it demonstrates the kind of planning we did to wrap our heads around creating a non-linear, choice based opera.