The Harmers – LA
Installation in collaboration with Marianna Ellenberg
Cast: India Menuez, Katiana Rangel, Hannah Gross
Tavish Miller and Raul De Nieves
Los Angeles Premiere: JOAN, Los Angeles
Sep 3rd and 4th, 2015
The Harmers is an experimental opera for 5 actors and a live chamber ensemble (oboe, bassoon, violin, guitar and percussion). The piece engages in a contemporary debate around class, gender and sexuality through the backdrop of a call-in satellite radio show. A male shock-jock is unhinged by the conflicting viewpoints of his female callers resulting in a violent clash of wills and a climactic re-distribution of sexual and political power. Vocal repetition, slapstick antics and sonic punctuation are incorporated in this requiem for the gender wars in 21st century America.