Dog Days
Composer: David T. Little
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert Woodruff (Director)
Original Cast: John Kelly
James Bobick (baritone)
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano)
Cherry Duke (mezzo-soprano)
Michael Marcotte (tenor)
Peter Tantsits (tenor)
Lauren Worsham (soprano)

Chamber ensemble Newspeak
Premiere Date: September 29, 2012
Producing Company: Peak Performances in association with Beth Morrison Projects
Description: The country has fallen into chaos as an undefined war rages on US soil. A family of five—two parents, two sons, and a young daughter, Lisa—do what they can to survive. One day Prince, a man in a dog suit, arrives, and befriends Lisa. Lisa’s mother supports this friendship—Prince is her pet—though Lisa’s father opposes it: “he’s dangerous.” He confronts Prince: “Stand up like a man” he says. Father needs proof that Prince is, in fact, human. Many months pass. It’s winter now. Dark early, and cold. The family hasn’t eaten in weeks, maybe months. "I wish I had a steak," says one brother. The other brother adds "I heard in China people eat dogs." There is silence in the room. Howard rises, takes his rifle. "Where are you going? Howard--don't--don't--" says mother. "He's a man, Howard! A man! You can't-" she screams. "He's a dog," Howard replies. "He's an animal.” Lisa tries to stop them, but she is too late. She arrives just in time to see her father and brothers descend upon Prince, snarling.
Character List (Major): Lisa (s)
Mother (s)
Pat (t)
Eliot (t)
Dad (t)
Soldier (bar)
Prince (actor)
Reviews: In a Laboratory, Turning Traditional Notions of Opera Upside Down-The New York Times 05/07/2010
Length: 01:40
Total Acts: 3
Musical Style: Eclectic/dramatic contemporary
Contact: David T. Little
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Schedule of Performances Listings
Dog Days (Little)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Los Angeles Opera
Dog Days (Little)
Friday, April 24, 2015 - Fort Worth Opera
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