Thursday, August 14, 2014

PAST: ROCK OPERA: The Premiere Performance of "99 A Rock Opera" will take place at the Black Cat on FRI, August 14 at 9:00pm, $10

99 A Rock Opera live at the Black Cat
Friday, August 14

Created by DC area artists and composed by Mark Baughman, 99 A Rock Opera tells of a protest story. Using dramatic lyrics, heavy rock-n-roll, dancing and multi-media, in the tradition of  “Tommy” by The Who. Taking it’s inspiration straight from the headlines, the rock opera asks: Can well-meaning people work out their differences, or even coexist? Are they are compelled to join one side or another and fight for people and institutions that are barely know? 

Get a sense of what you're in store for at the premiere event by watching and listening to some of the pieces that will be featured in the performance here! The show will ultimately be a full blown staged musical (a la Tommy and Rent) but now it's the concert version in which we're experimenting with slides, video, narration and dance.

Short Synopsis: A middle aged engineer working for the Department of Environment in Cleveland, Ohio, tasked with managing a group of protesters (who are the “99ers”) discovers that the leader of the 99ers is his college flame. Thrilled to see her after all these years, he is crushed by her rebuke that he is a sell-out. Other characters add more complexities to this story, including others who are at the protest and the wife of the engineer who has been hiding her illness, and those who are part of the opposition.

DC Dogs is a performing arts troupe featuring vocal performances from male and female voices.  This performance was composted by Mark Baughman, who is also featured on guitar and vocals. He is joined by Dave Benson on bass and vocals, George Cranford on drums and Sue Sedmak featuring on vocals, guitar, and keyboards. Additional credits: Jonathan Zack, Director, Producer and vocals. Betsy Muller, designer and vocals.

1811 14th St NW
Metro: U St, walk to the left one block on U St to 14th St and turn left on 14th and walk about one and a half blocks, keep on the left side of the street. You can also take the Circulator bus to 14th & U.

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