Co-presented with La MaMa
Part of the Prototype Festival,
a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE

in association with Trinity Church Wall Street

Locked away in a sterile room, a sickly child, Bibi, and her doting mother, Lumee, are each other’s sole protectors from the unknown. When a mysterious illness lurking outside their door leaves Bibi unable to walk, her youthful curiosity begins to simmer and a seductive external existence can no longer be ignored. Written by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins, p r i s m is a haunting, kaleidoscopic new work of opera-theatre that traverses the elasticity of memory after trauma. Composer Ellen Reid’s music erupts with color, using choral and orchestral timbres to deliver an eerily distinct sonic world.


Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
Composed by Ellen Reid

Libretto by Roxie Perkins
Directed by James Darrah
Conducted by Julian Wachner

Assistant Music Direction by Daniela Candillari
Choreography & Assistant Direction by Chris Emile
Scenic Design by Adam Rigg
Costume Design by Molly Irelan
Lighting Design by Pablo Santiago-Brandwein
Sound Design by Garth MacAleavey

Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, David & Kiki Gindler, Linda & Stuart Nelson, and Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting, with additional commissioning support from Nancy and Barry Sanders, OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers, funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development; The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust; and National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works.
Developed by Beth Morrison Projects, Lyric Theatre @Illinois, Arizona State University School of Music, Trinity Wall Street, and PROTOTYPE.