The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (2010)

"The Difficulty of Crossing a Field" (2010), directed by Luke Leonard; Photo: J. Elissa Marshall
Photo: J. Elissa Marshall

Libretto by Mac Wellman
Composed by David Lang
Directed by Luke Leonard
Music Directed by Lyn Koenning

B. Iden Payne Theatre
April 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and May 1 at 8:00 p.m.
April 25 and May 1, 2 at 2:00 p.m.

A slave-owning farmer in the Pre-Civil War American South walks across his field in Selma, Alabama, and disappears in plain view of his neighbors, his family and his slaves. Everyone has his or her view of what the disappearance means, but the more the witnesses try to recount the disappearance, the more elusive it becomes. Crossing the boundaries of musical theatre and opera in this inventive new play which mixes spoken and sung text with a moving score and intense drama.