Visit the Marie Begins Website!
       
     
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Work-in-progress with librettist Julia Curcio
       
     
Learn more about librettist, Julia Curcio
       
     
Diagram for interactive performance
       
     
Visit the Marie Begins Website!
       
     
Visit the Marie Begins Website!

Marie Begins will have a full workshop performance by Lyric Opera Theater at Arizona State University in September, 2018. Plans for the premiere are under way! In the meantime, check out the pilot at:

https://www.mariebegins.com/

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Check out the articles about Marie Begins.

WHYY-Peter Crimmons March 2, 2018

Philadelphia Inquirer-John Timpane May 24, 2018

Red Curtain Attack-March 23, 2018

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Work-in-progress with librettist Julia Curcio
       
     
Work-in-progress with librettist Julia Curcio

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.

Learn more about librettist, Julia Curcio
       
     
Learn more about librettist, Julia Curcio

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.

Diagram for interactive performance
       
     
Diagram for interactive performance

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.