That True Phoenix is the story of Lorenzo Da Ponte: the most interesting man you’ve never heard of. Far more than just the Librettist for Mozart’s greatest Operas, Da Ponte still ended up as a mere footnote in history. Based on his own highly embellished memoirs, That True Phoenix chronicles Da Ponte’s life from exiled revolutionary schoolteacher in Venice, to disgraced court poet in Vienna, to Pennsylvania grocery story owner, to Columbia University Professor in New York City and tells the true story of a perpetual immigrant who changed his story to become the true embodiment of the American Dream.
That True Phoenix is Team Awesome Robot’s long-term script development project with playwright, Daniel John Kelley. Their upcoming production will be the culmination of a year of investigation into the improbable life of Lorenzo Da Ponte.
The cast will feature Siho Ellsmore*, Kayla Jackmon, Isaiah Tanenbaum*, Samantha Fairfield Walsh, Sarin Monae West, and Curry Whitmire* as Lorenzo Da Ponte with Costume Design by Caitlin Cisek, Sound Design by Beth Lake, Lighting Design by Chelsie McPhilimy, Projection Design by Chet Miller, and Properties Design by Jennifer Neads. The production Stage Manager will be Lauren Schatten. *Actor appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.
About the Company: Team Awesome Robot
TEAM AWESOME ROBOT is a Theatrical Collaboration Initiative with a focus on New Plays. We are storytellers drawn to character driven narratives that are best experienced in the present moment. Our goal is to extend the spirit of collaboration to our audience- fully embracing that whatever world we are making, it is made better together.
Theater: Access Theater
Address: 380 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
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