You Us We All, Shara Worden’s New Opera, at Carolina Performing Arts


‘You Us We All’ by Shara Worden, Andrew Ondrejczak & BOX at Holland Festival 2014 Amsterdam. Photo courtesy the artists.

The more I think about this opera, the more wonderful it seems as an artwork, and the more amazing that we had the opportunity to experience it. The commissioning European entities, the Brooklyn Academy of Music–and Carolina Performing Arts.

The music is haunting me, and the images remain vivid. Despite being a kind of Vanitas painting set in zany motion, it was so alive.

From my review published on

I found You Us We All mesmerizing and almost unbearably moving, with its hard truths laid so gently down before us. Its inclusive view of humanity, its deft activation of abstraction, its wordplay, its mature use of computer imaging, its implacable insistence on bodily reality, its equalizing of the intellectual and the sensual, its great beauty of sound, and its pink balloons of love combined to make this experimental opera a catharsis, and a wonder and a delight.

Read the whole review here.

The Woman in Charge

PlayMakers Repertory Company has made a brilliant choice for its new Producing Artistic Director: Vivienne Benesch. Regular PRC attendees will remember her for her delicate direction of last year’s beautiful Love Alone. She has also directed Red, and In the Next Room (the vibrator play) for the company. Benesch has led the Chautauqua Theatre Company for 12 years, and has taught at Juillard and her alma mater, NYU. She will begin at PlayMakers in January, 2016, in time to work up the 16-17 season. We can quit crying over Joseph Haj’s departure now.

Vivienne Benesch, soon to be Producing Artistic Director at PlayMakers. Photo: by Alison Sheehy.

Vivienne Benesch, soon to be Producing Artistic Director at PlayMakers. Photo: by Alison Sheehy.

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