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Workshop presenation of Judith by CAST Visiting Artist Karin Coonrod and talkback with Professor Diana Henderson

A music/text/chamber/hybrid/opera, Judith builds on Coonrod’s breadth of experience, including her medieval mystery plays in Orvieto, Italy (2004-2006) and New York City (2005-2013), the development of her play texts and beheadings/ElizabethR (2015), extensive work in the Shakespearean canon—including Henry VI (1996), King John (2000), Julius Caesar (2003), Love’s Labor’s Lost (2011), The Tempest (2014), The Merchant of Venice (2016)—and a new adaptation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo performed in Orvieto, Italy (2014). Judith privileges a Hebrew/Anglo-Saxon modern heroine as a strong-hearted deliverer of her suffering people. Drawn from the Anglo-Saxon epic fragment of the same name, Judith investigates the psychology of the heroine in confrontation with the tyrant through the lens of the story of the English language. Coonrod creates a text to be sung and spoken in Anglo-Saxon and in modern English rooted in Anglo-Saxon. The opera’s composer and musical director is Paul Vasile, with whom Coonrod collaborated closely on the medieval mystery plays performed in Orvieto and New York City.

Judith is a co-production of MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), Literature at MIT and MIT Music & Theater Arts.

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