Doris to Darlene, a cautionary valentine
In the candy-colored 1960s, a biracial schoolgirl named Doris is molded into pop star Darlene by a whiz-kid record producer who culls a top-ten hit out of Wagner’s Liebestod. Rewind to the candy-colored 1860s, where Richard Wagner is writing the melody that will become Darlene’s hit song. Fast-forward to the not-so-candy-colored present, where a teenager obsesses over Darlene’s music – and his music teacher. Three dissonant decades merge into an unlikely harmony in this time-jumping pop fairy tale about the dreams and disasters behind one transcendent song.
Scenic Designer: Takeshi Kata
Costume Designer: Christal Weatherly
Lighting Designer: Jane Cox
Sound Designer: Darron L West
Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth Moreau
Photos of (1) Michael Crane, Tobias Segal, Tom Nelis, de'Adre Aziza, Laura Heisler, and David Chandler; (2) de'Adre Aziza and Michael Crane; (3) Laura Heisler and David Chandler; and (4) de'Adre Aziza, Michael Crane, and David Chandler by Joan Marcus.
This time-tripping whimsical new drama by Jordan Harrison has an affectionate, music-loving heart and a human sunburst at its center.—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
A quirky and enjoyable love letter to music and its seductive power to make us lose ourselves.—Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
Pure entertainment! In the hands of director Les Waters, Harrison’s rapturous chamber opera of a play spins and crackles like a beloved old 78.—Rob Kendt, Newsday