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15 West 43rd Street

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A MARVELOUS ORDER

An Opera about the Historic Conflict between

Robert Moses & Jane Jacobs


A MARVELOUS ORDER is a multimedia opera about the historic battle between Robert Moses, the Master Builder, and Jane Jacobs, the revolutionary critic turned feisty activist, over the fate of New York City.

Join members of the creative team for a discussion about the work: Why opera? How did the collaboration come together? How does the team collaborate? And why this story now? They will share video and discuss excerpts of the work-in-progress production that took place in March, 2016, at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams.

The creative team is comprised of faculty and alumni from Williams and Princeton. Their innovative collaborative process is a wonderful example of the liberal arts manifested in artistic practice. The work in each medium–poetry, music, choreography and animation–is designed from its earliest blueprints to complement the others, allowing the team to take full advantage of the ways in which each artistic medium can most powerfully contribute to the storytelling.

ROBERT MOSES was the Master Builder of New York for four decades, creating most of the bridges, tunnels, highways, parks, and beaches we now see as eternal pieces of our landscape. JANE JACOBS was a brilliant, self-taught architecture critic whose observations about cities revolutionized the field of urban planning. When Moses planned to demolish Jacobs' Greenwich Village home and neighborhood in order to create a 4-lane highway through Washington Square Park, Jacobs shifted from author to activist, becoming a leader in a conflict that continues to shape cities today and the lives of all who call them home.

Join us to learn about, and see and hear, how the world’s first opera about an urban planning dispute came to be.

The creative team:

Judd Greenstein (Williams '01), composer

Tracy K. Smith (Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor of the Humanities, Director and Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton), librettist

Will Rawls (Williams '00), choreographer

Joshua Frankel (Williams '02), director and animator

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