Newspeak is very pleased to officially announce a new project with composer/singer Corey Dargel, who will write a new opera for us entitled The Three Christs. Being created in collaboration with the San Francisco-based novelist Andrew Sean Greer (author of The Story of a Marriage), the opera tells the story of three psychiatric patients who each suffers from the same delusion — the belief that he or she is Jesus Christ — and the psychologist who tries to cure them of their delusions.
Corey Dargel, photo by Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler of New Catalogue
The Three Christs received Meet The Composer’s prestigious Commissioning Music/USA award and will be directed by Emma Griffin, whom many of you know from Corey’s Removable Parts and Thirteen Near-Death Experiences. Newspeak, Dargel, Greer, and Griffin are developing The Three Christs with the support of New York Theatre Workshop, and NYTW will present an hour-long, invitation-only reading of excerpts from this exciting new project in their intimate, 65-seat 4th Street Theatre in the East Village on September 13th.
The full premiere will take place during Newspeak’s 2012-2013 season.