April 16, 2000
Blood on the Dining-Room Floor
Composer:Jonathan Sheffer
Librettist:Jonathan Sheffer
Synopsis
In the summer of 1933, in the house she shared with Alice B. Toklas in Bilignin, France, Gertrude Stein wrote a "murder mystery" about the strange events of that summer. In nine scenes, plus a prologue and epilogue, this musical theater work depicts the tales of three crimes, separated by several deaths of the culinary variety, plus meditations on writing and the strange uneasiness of an unconventional life in the country. It traces Stein's reemergence as a writer with newfound fame and confidence.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:20

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Chamber opera; ranging widely from atonality to musical theater songs

Vocal & Musical Forces
8 Singers; 12-piece ensemble

Original Cast
Anna Bergman, Wendy Hill as Alice, Keith Howard, Sandra Joseph, Carolann Page as Stein, Patrick Porter, Mary Ann Stewart and Michael Zegarski


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