THE PRECIPICE:  a chamber-rock opera

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THE PRECIPICE: a chamber-rock opera

The newest full-length show by Fifth Wall! 10 years in the making, The Precipice is an abstract chamber-rock opera about how to be a person.

By Fifth Wall Performing Arts

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April 29 · 8pm - April 30 · 4pm EDT


Riverside Arts Center 76 North Huron Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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About this event

Weaving together text and music from journal entries, poems, previous pieces, and voice memos by Karl Ronneburg and Grey Grant, The Precipice is a 90-minute abstract chamber-rock opera that explores our relationship with moments of transition. The "precipice" itself represents irreversible change: growing up, leaving home, moving on from past places, relationships, and visions of self. The show asks: is making ourselves a tragic act, a leap from the precipice, a great wrenching? Who or what do we leave behind when we move on from a relationship or place? And finally, do we do this alone? Is the formation of self an individual act or a collective one?

Created by KARL

From music and text by Grey Rose Grant and Karl Ronneburg

Directed and designed by Corey Douglas Smith


Karl Ronneburg as himself

Grey Grant as themself

Featuring an all-star band, Daniel Johnson conducting: Alison Prost (soprano), Eric Schweizer (clarinet), Melissa Coppola (piano), Chris Sies (percussion), Jeremy Esquer (guitar), Taylor Tookes (violin), Julia Knowles (cello), and Ben Willis (bass).

Audio Engineer: Peter Littlejohn

April 29, 8pm and April 30, 2pm: 90 minutes with one intermission

Riverside Arts Center Theatre: 76 N Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI

Pg-13 show, partial nudity, some strong language, c.w for conversations of sexual assault

Engraving by Brian Morales, additional orchestrations by Grey Grant and Brian Morales, guitar arrangements by Jeremy Esquer.

This project was supported in part through the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Eileen Weiser EXCEL Fund.

Commissioned by Contemporaneous

Produced by Fifth Wall Performing Arts

About the organizer

Fifth Wall Performing Arts presents new works of experimental-music theater. Our speciality is art that is self-actualied, intimate, sincere, and self-aware.

$10 – $40