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Sun, Nov 21


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Messalina with Ars Minerva

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Messalina with Ars Minerva
Messalina with Ars Minerva

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Nov 21, 2021, 2:30 PM

San Francisco, 351 Shotwell St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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The Plot: A sex farce with teeth. Clever, lecherous Messalina turns the tables several times on the gullible Emperor Claudius, who is hardly innocent himself. Meanwhile two other couples suffer their own romantic vicissitudes. Furtive assignations, frustrated trysts, kidnappings, betrayals, sudden recognitions, a heroine and a hero both in drag, and a plot as convoluted as only 17th-century Venetian opera can put together, all lead to a reconciliation that will last only as long as Messalina can keep pulling the wool over Claudius’ eyes.

Creative Team Director: Céline Ricci Conductor: Jory Vinikour Costume Designer: Marina Polakoff Backdrop Projections: Entropy Light Designer: Thomas Bowersox Make up Designer: Joanne Kay Stage Manager: Sarah Terman Cast Empress Messalina: Aura Veruni Emperor Claudio: Deborah Rosengaus Tullio: Kevin Gino Floralba: Shawnette Sulker Erginda/Alindo: Kindra Scharich Caio: Patrick Hagen Ergisto: Zachary Gordin Lismeno: Marcus Paige Orchestra Conductor: Jory Vinikour 1st Violin: Cynthia Black 2nd Violin: Laura Jeannin Viola: Aaron Westman Cello: Gretchen Claassen Theorbo: Adam Cockerham

Artwork by Entropy

Photographer: Valentina Sadiul


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