The American Premiere of "Man and Boy: Dada" by acclaimed composer Michael Nyman ("The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover," "The Piano," "The End of the Affair"), and librettist Michael Hastings will be held December 15, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and December 19 at 2 p.m. at the Kasser Theater. Tickets are $50 (discounts are available for faculty and staff, students may attend free of charge via the performing arts fee) and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (973) 655-5112 or visiting www.montclair.edu/kasser. The opera is produced in association with London's Almeida Theater.
Set in World War II era London, "Man and Boy: Dada" centers on an imagined episode in the life of Kurt Schwitters, noted German artist and spiritual father of the Dada art movement. In "Man and Boy: Dada," after Schwitters is besieged by misfortune and exiled to England, he forms an unlikely friendship with a young boy who shares his obsession for collecting discarded bus tickets and the boy's recently widowed mother. The characters find themselves on a voyage of self discovery laden with small triumphs and huge disappointments all of which combine to create countless moments of poignancy and humor.
London's Evening Standard said, "touching and witty, naïve and profound, 'Man and Boy: Dada' is a journey well worth taking. ClassicalSource.com said, "'Man and Boy: Dada' is a wonderful 100 minutes of modern opera." Michael Church of The Independent said, "No praise can be too high for young William Sheldon as the boy and Vivian Tierney as his mother, while John Graham-Hall's incarnation was a heroic piece of virtuosity. This heartfelt work rose far above pastiche."
For more information on this event and other upcoming events, visit www.montclair.edu/kasser.