THE RETURN OF ULYSSES

RETURN OF ULYSSES

SONG OF MY FATHER

MAY-JUNE, 2024

SOURCE THEATRE | BALTIMORE THEATER PROJECT

MONTEVERDI

IN Series’ lauded Monteverdi Trilogy continues with the second installation in the cycle. 2024 is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the start of official military action by the United States in Vietnam. It was a conflict that would change the face of America forever. The young souls that fought were wounded most acutely in ways that were invisible, and their return home was only the beginning of an epic struggle to live again.

Monteverdi’s second opera sets the story of Trojan War hero Ulysses’ traumatic homecoming from the epic The Odyssey. IN Series will bring this rarely heard masterpiece to life with an expansive work that incorporates a new English text crafted from interviews taken with Vietnam veterans, and the Thai contemporary dance company 18 Monkeys, bringing their unique mix of modern and traditional South-East Asian Kohn dance to the production. Monteverdi’s score will be joined by newly commissioned arrangements of popular Vietnam era songs in the style of Monteverdi madrigals and the words of Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong. An all star cast is led by Derek Chesterand Elizabeth Mondragon (Zavala-Zavala), and is accompanied by a period instrumental ensemble from around the world. Memorial Day performances offer a moving and unique way to remember and honor the lives and living that was lost in those seas and jungles sixty years ago.

IN Series thanks the National Endowment of the Arts for their support for this project.

This production was made possible by the following sponsors:

Shannon Mouton

Nancy Miller & Walter Romanek

Directed and conducted by Timothy Nelson

INnovatio Baroque Orchestra - made possible by the Billy Rose Foundation

Choreographer by Jitti Chompee

Design by Lawrence E. Moten III and Abigail Hoke-Brady

Derek Chester, Ulysses

Elizabeth Mondragon, Penelope

Elijah McCormack, Telemaco

Featuring Aryssa Leigh Burrs, Janna Critz, Oliver Mercer, Kevin Short

SOURCE THEATRE

May 11, 7 pm (Board Night),

May 12, 2 pm

May 17, 7 pm

May 18, 7 pm

May 19, 2pm

May 24, 7pm

May 25, 7 pm

May 26, 2pm

May 27 Memorial Day Matinee, location to be announced

BALTIMORE THEATRE PROJECT
May 31, 7pm

June 1, 7pm

June 2, 4 pm

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