On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – just a handful of days after an order from the Governor of Minnesota closed the state’s theatres – Really Spicy Opera put out a call for interest for a Quarantine Opera (Scenes) Initiative. Two dozen composer-librettist teams and a few composer-librettists responded and were given a set of prompts to write off of in just 48 hours. Submissions soon came pouring in of great comedic, musical, and dramatic quality, forcing our judges to extend the reviewing window to arrive at the final list.
After due consideration, the judges have selected four submissions to stage and virtually perform. The selected scenes for Really Spicy Opera’s Quarantine Opera Initiative are:
6 feet apart, by Bea Goodwin and Felix Jarrar
Aborted Party, by Helena Michelson
The Handoff, by Daniel Solon and Sean Pflueger
Viral, by Cecelia Raker and Keith Allegretti
Look for these scenes to be brought to life in video form, coming soon to an Internet near you!
Today’s featured educational outreach activity is a cooperative venture with the Audio Production program at Hennepin Technical College. As part of this venture, musicians from Really Spicy Opera traveled to Eden Prairie, MN to perform in-studio and provide feedback on recording, editing, and mixing techniques. This provides students with invaluable experience in working with live musicians and approaching different projects with a variety of goals.
In one month, Really Spicy Opera returns to the Montreal Fringe Festival with its award-winning production of Kate Robards’ PolySHAMory.
This follow-up to 2017’s Ain’t That Rich mixes hilarious comedy with down-to-earth explorations of deep issues. Previously staged by RSO at the 2018 Tampa International Fringe and Atlanta Fringe Festivals, the 2019 international tour sees Robards reprising her award-winning performance in the City of Saints from June 7-12, 2019.
Today, Really Spicy Opera heads off to France for a week-long performance planning and research project. RSO staff will visit the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Archives Nationales de France, and other sites as part of the Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely Project and its ongoing collaboration with the Élan Ensemble.
In 2014, Kate Robards’ debut solo play Mandarin Orange was named a Capital Fringe Festival highlight by the Washington Post, the first of several star-studded productions. Over the next two years, her solo play Ain’t That Rich racked up honors from Montreal to DC to the shores of Hawaii, including “Best Bet” at FRIGID NYC, “Best of Fringe” at the Capital Fringe, sold-out performances at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco, and a Hoku Award at the Maui Fringe Festival. Now, Robards returns with PolySHAMory, the third installment in the award-winning series.
PolySHAMory is a show about his and hers. And hers. And his. Sex and sex clubs. Love and therapy.
Kate has everything she’s ever dreamed of. So does Kate’s husband’s girlfriend. Armed with the sex-positive ethos of The Ethical Slut, Kate plunges into the world of Polyamory. She has no idea.
PolySHAMory is produced by Really Spicy Opera, the company behind Tampa Fringe 2017’s best-selling Game of Thrones: The Musical. PolySHAMory was named a “Best Bet” at FRIGID NYC-2018.
Kate Robards is an award-winning playwright and performer, praised by Montreal Theatre Hub as “A true gem who has audiences chuckling up one moment and tearing up the next.”