Reflective of a familiar American headline, this new work by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America. In this story of love and loss, we see the father, a police officer, and the mother supported by a loving community of fellow law enforcement, churchgoers and friends as they navigate a devastating reality.

“The times are fraught. Lit by lightning and divisiveness. Love, family, friends and the church are there when we need them. And we need them now. We need a song to soothe our sorrows as we confront painful, personal truths. We need music in our lives and our children near to help us repair heartache; music to ultimately lift us and celebrate the bonds of sisterhood and brotherhood togetherness.” – Tazewell Thompson, librettist and director

In English with projected English text.

New co-production with Washington National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago

2 hours and 45 minutes

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Kenneth Kellogg, The Father

Briana Hunter, The Mother

Aaron Crouch, The Son

Gordon Hawkins, The Reverend

Ariana Wehr, Girlfriend 1/Nurse/Congregant 1

Brea Renetta Marshall, Girlfriend 2/Congregant 2

Mia Athey, Girlfriend 3/Congregant 3

Aaron T. Jenkins, Policeman 1/Congregant 1

Edward Graves, Policeman 2/Congregant 2

Nicholas Davis, Policeman 3/Congregant 3

Artistic Team

John DeMain, Conductor

Tazewell Thompson, Director

Donald Eastman, Set Designer

Jessica Jahn, Costume Designer

Robert Wierzel, Lighting Designer

Eric Sean Fogel, Movement Coach

Samantha M. Wootten, Hair & Makeup Designer

Kelley Rourke, Projected Titles

‡ member of the Young Artists Program
+member of Actors’ Equity Association