Elizabeth Swados has done it again! She has found an unconventional way, using operatic narrative, to tell the story of a troubled and mysterious young person. Her surprise Broadway hit, Runaways, put her on the map for most lovers of the theater. She has devoted a career to her passion for framing and presenting on stage the stories of young women and men who have been neglected, abused, misunderstood or otherwise disenfranchised.
This past Thursday evening, I attended a performance of her latest work: “Kaspar Hauser: A Foundling’s Opera” at the Flea Theater in Tribeca. I was not sure what to expect. I sat enraptured by the energy of the story-telling – as written by Swados and her co-writer, Erin Courtney – and as enacted by The Bats, the amazing group of gifted young actors in residence at The Flea.
The opera will be running through Saturday, March 28. If you are in or near NYC, you will find this to be an event not to be missed. I attended the show with a friend who is an Equity actor, and he was blown away with the experience. We both were.
Wednesday – Saturday evenings at through March 28
Saturday Matinees at
For Tickets, call (212) 352-3101
See the links below for details about the show:
Kaspar Hauser Description
Village Voice Overview of Kaspar Hauser