Being Ariodante (2022)

Set in modern-day Glasgow, this dramatic fast-paced story follows Ariodante, a young man who, beyond his control, is living the life of a character in Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, a work written 500 years ago. Living an existence of remarkable predictability, Ariodante searches for release from his pre- plotted life. He is aided and supported by his Deaf brother, Lurcanio, whose abilities in sign language help our accidental hero navigate the twists and betrayals that have led him into peril. In the end, he and his friends find meaning and purpose by realizing their true identity and in doing so create their own life’s story. 

“If you knew ASL, you could hear him clearly. If you didn't, you were deaf. The tables were turned. And it was one of the most effective and beautiful endings to an opera I've ever seen” 
Rick Whitaker ~Concerts and Theater Manager, The Italian Academy of Columbia University

May 13/14 2022  7:30PM
Italian Academy of Columbia University
New York City


Bryce McClendon  ARIODANTE
Sydney Anderson DALINDA
Richard Pittsinger POLINESSO
Cree Carrico GINEVRA
Dickie Hearts LURCANIO
Vako Gvelesiani RINALDO
Chris Burns & Gil Sweney THE THUGS

Ensemble Échappé
Benjamin Grow, Conducting
Directed by Mari Moriarty
Karina Parker, Associate Director
Laura Dearman, Choreography

Ciera Miller, Production Stage Manager
Shelly Guy DASL (Director of Artistic Sign Language
Shira Harris, Lighting
Beverly Brooks, Production Assistant
Rick Whitaker, Associate Producer

Photo Production: Walls Trimble

Photo Poster: Ronald Andrew Schvartzman

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