The Flea Theater, 2009
A wild child is found on the streets of Nuremburg in 1828 and taken up in this tale of the imminent rise and atrocious fall of innocence. A cast of 19 accompanied by a live orchestra in a raucous chamber opera.
Directed and Composed by Elizabeth Swados
Additional Lyrics by Erin Courtney
Cast: Adrienne Deekman, Jennifer Fouché, Beth Griffith, Nicolas Greco, Joseph Dale Harris, Arlo Hill, Michael Hopewell, Amy Jackson, Erica Livingston, Chad Lindsey, Vella Lovell, Preston Martin, Kelly McCormack, Colin Mew, Jason Najjoum, Eliza Poehlman, Hannah Shankman, Marshall York and Carly Zien
Music Director/Piano: Kris Kukul, Cello: Caleigh Drane, French Horn: Amie Margoles, Drums: Aaron Shafer-Haiss, Violin: Heather Paauwe, Assistant Director: Jeremy Bloom, Movement Director: Mimi Quillen, Set Designer: John McDermott, Lighting Designer: Jeanette Yew, Costume Designer: Normandy Sherwood, Sound Designer: Sam Goldman, Stage Managers: Carrie Dell Furay, Kara Kaufman
Praise for Kaspar Hauser:
“This show gave me goose bumps, in a good way. The young cast oozed with unyielding energy and pure talent…it gave me hope for the arts in this city. Swados’ original music is breathtaking and clearly the result of a musical genius. If The Flea wasn’t a few blocks south of Canal Street, I’d swear I was watching a full-blown Broadway musical. Saying Kaspar Hauser is a tour-de-force is an understatement.”-Murray Hill, Nightlife icon and comedian