May 11, 2019
Showtimes at 5:00PM, 7:00PM and 9:00PM
A- Mill Artists Lofts
315 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Members of the audience won’t just be watching the show; they’ll be in it. Immersed in the action of this passionate, roaming opera, they’ll move to four locations inside the historic 1881 Pillsbury A Mill – from the crypt-like hydro power tunnels that predate the Civil War to the Mill’s dramatic rooftop overlooking the Mississippi River and downtown skyline. The last act on the rooftop will segue into an after-party for the audience.
Out of the Box Artistic Director David Lefkowich describes the show as “an intimate retelling of an epic story.” He explains: “It is our biggest production to date --- with more performers, musicians and theatrical elements than any previous show we have created. But due to the intimacy of the spaces in the A Mill (the audience for each performance is limited to 60 people), the audience will be participating in the drama as the story unfolds.”
Lefkowich drew some of the inspiration for the show from comic books. He sees the story of Acis, the mortal, and Galatea, the nymph, as a kind of superhero adventure: “Girl meets boy; boy meets cyclops; cyclops kills boy and the girl brings him back to life. What could be more comic book than that?” The show also drew some of its inspiration from the New York underground sensation Sleep No More, where audience members explore an abandoned hotel interacting as they go with scenes based loosely on MacBeth. Lefkowich wants to work the same kind of theatrical magic: “We will create an environment where all five senses come alive and the audience experiences opera in a completely new way.”
MEET THE ARTISTS
David Walton - Acis
Andrew Wilkowske - Polyphemus
Siena Forest - Galatea
Out of the Box is proud to be showcasing local Minnesota talent: Galatea is played by Siena Forest, a soaring soprano who won over the crowd at the first-ever Diva Cage Match by jumping on the ropes in stiletto heels. Tenor David Walton sings the role of Acis. He earned rave reviews for his recent performance in Glimmerglass Festival’s The Barber of Seville. And Andrew Wilkowski plays the role of the Cyclops, Polyphemus. He is no stranger to taking opera “out of the box,” having created his own show, Guns N' Rosenkavalier, as a mash up of art song and rock concert.