A PORT JERVIS HOMETOWN MUSICAL GENIUS -- EVAN MACK ON BROADWAY! ONLY IN NOVEMBER!
"Angel of the Amazon" a music drama by composer Evan Mack, is based on the true story of Sister Dorothy Stang, who devoted her life to helping indigenous families of Brazil gain land rights and to protecting the Rainforest. In 2005, this 73-year-old nun was murdered by assassins hired by the owner of a logging company, who felt her passion for the Earth and all of its gifts to be a threat. Her sacrifice launched a global movement to save the rainforest and to plant trees around the world. Produced by Encompass New Opera Theatre.
This new musical drama with book and music by Evan Mack at The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012. Performances begin Thursday, November 10 (OPENING NIGHT) and runs through Sunday, November 20, 2022 (FINAL SCHEDULED).
The Press Opening is Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. For tickets:
Angel of the Amazon, a compelling musical drama by composer Evan Mack, is based on the true story of Sister Dorothy Stang, who devoted her life to helping indigenous families of Brazil gain land rights and to protecting the Rainforest. In 2005, this 73-year-old nun was murdered by assassins hired by the owner of a logging company, who felt her passion for the Earth and all its gifts to be a threat. Her sacrifice launched a global movement to save the rainforest and to plant trees around the world.
Evan Mack was inspired to write the work, after attending a lecture about Sister Dorothy.
"What struck me," explained Mack, "was that Sister Dorothy met her gunmen the day before, fed them, prayed with them, and showed them her work with the peasant farmers of the area. When the gunmen showed up the next day, Sr. Dorothy opened her bible, saying 'This is my only weapon,' and began reading the Beatitudes. 'Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Kingdom, Blessed are the...' and she was shot six times. As soon as I heard that story, I immediately thought 'I want to set this to music.'" Mack presented Angel of the Amazon to Encompass Artistic Director, Nancy Rhodes, where it was developed and performed.
"Today the Amazon is in crisis and the indigenous tribes are on the front lines to protect it, says Nancy Rhodes, who will direct Angel of the Amazon, "that's why this story is so timely." Music Director Liz Hastings conducts the musical accompaniment of piano, violin, and percussion. The cast includes, Melanie Long in the role of Sister Dorothy. Ms. Long received accolades for her portrayal of Anna Christie at Encompass in 2018.
José Rubio will perform the role of Luiz, Joseph Peterson, the role of the Landowner, and Marie Anello, Danielle Bavli, and Clayton G. Williams complete the cast of singers. Sets are designed by Andis Gjoni, Lighting by Chris D'Angelo, Projections by Charles Wittreich, and Costumes designed by Angela Huff.
November 10 - 13 AND
November 17 - 20
Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Matinee at 3:00 p.m.
An earlier version of Angel of the Amazon was performed in May of 2011 by Encompass at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City and was subsequently released on CD worldwide by Albany Records. Evan Mack then partnered with librettist, Joshua McGuire. In 2016, their production of Roscoe premiered at the Seagle Music Colony and received its orchestral world premiere with the Albany Symphony starring Metropolitan Opera's Deborah Voigt. Their children's piece, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena has been seen by almost 30,000 children. Their latest, a musical comedy titled, Yeltsin in Texas is currently in development. Evan was named "2018 Professional of the Year" by Musical America, he was a composing fellow at the John Duffy Composers Institute, and a resident artist at Yaddo. He is a Senior Teaching Professor at Skidmore College and lives in Ticonderoga, NY with his wife, Kristin and two sons, Carter and Henry.