Three main characters are on a path of self-discovery and acceptance at a time when media didn't portray the queer experience. High school teenager Gil realizes he has feelings for his best friend Clay. Louise is a married woman who regrets not having explored the full spectrum of her queer identity. Phyllis, a quirky grandmother who suffers from dementia, reflects on what could have been if she had been honest with herself. When a popular show portrays the first coming out narrative to be shown on TV, public representation forces these characters to do some soul-searching.
The Puppy Episode is a new American opera created by Vanguard Emerging Opera Composer Matthew Recio and acclaimed librettist Royce Vavrek. The opera was developed with mentorship from dramaturg Jeremy Johnson, COT Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, and Vanguard Composer Mentor Jake Heggie as part of Chicago Opera Theater’s Vanguard Initiative. This performance stars COT Young Artists Nina Mutalifu, Morgan Middleton, William Ottow, and Keanon Kyles. Conductor Kedrick Armstrong makes his mainstage COT debut.
Available for: 24 hours
Duration: 90 minutes without intermission
Language: English, with English subtitles
Vanguard Program Sponsor: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Supported by: Illinois Arts Council Agency
For more info: cot.org/season/puppy