Composer: Douglas Pew
Composer Bio: American composer Douglas Pew (b. 1980) is noted for his ability to strike at the root of the emotional world through his music “with a showman’s touch and a poet’s soul” (Jake Heggie). His music has been heralded as “stunning…magical” (Washington Times) and “sensual, other-worldly, expressive and showcasing a rich harmonic pallet, sure to connect with audiences, while saying something fresh, profound and meaningful” (Scott Holden, pianist). Douglas and librettist Dara Weinberg will have their newly commissioned one-act opera, "Penny", premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The work was commissioned by Washington National Opera and will be performed by the WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists as a part of the American Opera Initiative. Joining the production team is Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Music Director, Anne Manson, and Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C. Associate Director, Alan Paul. In preparation for the premiere, "Penny" was workshopped in the summer of 2014 at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. Pew and Weinberg's first opera, "A Game of Hearts" was similarly commissioned by Washington National Opera. After it's premiere at the Kennedy Center in 2012 and subsequent performance by the NANOWorks Opera Company in Cincinnati, OH, it was selected for performance at the 2014 Opera America New Works Forum in New York City.
Librettist: Dara Weinberg
Librettist Bio: Dara Weinberg is a writer/director, originally from Los Angeles. She studied Polish theater on a Fulbright grant from 2011-2013; she now lives in Łódź, where she teaches at the University of Łódź's English Institute, and is working on a book about her experiences with Poland, theater, and Teatr Chorea. She is one of the co-directors of the Parallel Octave Chorus (Baltimore). Plays: "W Tym Mieście//In This City" (JCC Kraków), "The End of the Line," "To Die in Athens." Opera libretti (music by Douglas Pew): "A Game of Hearts," (American Opera Initiative/Washington National Opera, NANOWorks Opera (Cincinnati), "Penny" (AOI).
Other Artistic Personnel: Anne Manson (conductor)
Original Cast: Deborah Nansteel (Penelope "Penny" Rutherford) 
Kerriann Otaño (Katherine Tate)
Trevor Scheunemann (Gary Tate)
Wei Wu (Mr. Jaeson Shaw)
James Shaffran (Raymond Fasten) 
Patrick O'Halloran (Martin Halstrom)
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Premiere Date: January 23, 2015
Description: Developed from an original story by Weinberg, Penny tells the tale of Penny Rutherford, a woman with a disability who discovers her talent for music, and the ensuing conflict with her family as she changes and grows more independent.
Length: 01:00
Total Acts: 1
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