Off-leash: a dog park opera
studio 16, VancouveR, 2015
by Lucia Frangione and Benton Roark
Directed by Sarah Rodgers
Four dog owners and their canine companions make their way to the dog park every morning. When the park comes under threat of being shut down by the city, the eclectic group of human and canine characters finds themselves drawn together in their struggle to defend their turf. Passions emerge, competition ensues and tensions erupt. Double cast, with each performer playing both dog and owner, OFF LEASH combines musical theatre, physical comedy and opera to give a quirky yet relatable look at loneliness in the big city.
Performers: Kery van der Griend, Laura Di Cicco, Simon Webb, Karen Ydenberg-White
Composer: Benton Roark
Librettist: Lucia Frangione
Music Director: Kathleen Allan
Assistant Director: William Hopkins
Associate Music Director and Rehearsal Pianist: Kimberley-Ann Bartczak
Set and Costume Designer: Drew Facey
Lighting Designer: Gerald King
Assistant Lighting Designer: Julie Marten
Production Manager: Nicholas Jacques
Stage Manager: Lucy Pratt-Johnson
Publicity: Damon Jang
Photography/Videography: Mark Halliday
Performance works, vancouver, 2013
by Kico Gonzalez-Risso and Neil Weisensel.
Directed by Laura Di Cicco
A high powered figure, body-guard in tow, enters an abandoned warehouse to engage in a secret meeting with his mistress. To his great surprise, he's met instead by a whip-yielding dominatrix who brazenly challenges his power, launching him into the ultimate spy story. Hilarity, eroticism and horror come together in Secret Service, a 90-minute operetta by acclaimed composer Neil Weisensel (Stickboy) and local playwright Kico Gonzalez-Risso. Bringing together a team of 25 local theatre artists, technicians and students, Secret Service challenges our ideologies of knowledge and power in a technological society, while posing questions about privacy, choice and responsibility.
Performers: Jennifer McLaren, Damon Calderwood, Gordon Roberts
Musicians: Robin Reid, Neil Weisensel
Composer: Neil Weisensel
Librettist: Kico Gonzalez-Risso
Set, Lighting and Video Designer: Alia Stephen
Costume Designer: Flo Barrett
Production Manager: Shannon Macelli
Stage Manager: Robin Richardson
Production Assistant: Alana Friestadt
Student Mentorship Program: Nikkita Nair, Su Thazin and Sarah Hermano
waterfront theatre, vancouver, 2011
by Kico Gonzalez-Risso and Cameron Wilson
Ovation Awards Nominations for Outstanding New Work and Outstanding Lighting Design
An operatic environmental murder mystery, film-noir style. Slim Diggins is a psychic detective who has been asked to find a missing husband. The vanished hubby also happens to be a famous toxicologist, who might just have the clues needed to unravel a local shellfish die off. Staged as a chamber opera with four singers and four musicians, the darkly comic tale is sung from beginning to end and features acclaimed Canadian ensemble, Joe Trio.
Composer: Cameron Wilson
Librettist: Kico Gonzalez-Risso
Performers: Matt Palmer, Melanie Adams, Laura Di Cicco, Ronnie Bouvet and David Adams.
A concert performance was presented at The Cultch as part of MusicFest 2010.
Playwrights theatre centre, Vancouver, 2009
by Jennifer Griffin and Peggy Lee
Directed by Matthew Bissett
Jessie Richardson Awards Nominations: Outstanding Original Script and Critics’ Picks for Innovation in Theatre
Critic’s Picks in The Georgia Straight and The Province.
"One of the Top 10 Shows of 2009" - The Courier
A woman travels to Italy after the suicide of her daughter. Lost in her grief, she stumbles upon a haunted tour of Rome led by a slick Italian tour guide. He has his own demons. Together, the man and the woman become entwined with the ghost of Beatrice Cenci in a roller-coaster ride of sensuality, fright, grief and hope. This seductive operetta starred Laura Di Cicco, Lucia Frangione and Marco Soriano, with each performer acting and singing multiple parts.
Performers: Laura Di Cicco, Lucia Frangione and Marco Soriano
Musicians: Peggy Lee and Ron Samworth
Writer and Librettist: Jennifer Griffin
Composer, Musical Direction and Musician: Peggy Lee
Direction: Matthew Bissett
Dramaturgy: Liesl Lafferty
Set Design: Andreas Kahre
Workshop Director and dramaturgical consultant: Chris-Gerrard Pinker
Special thank you to Jessica Chambers, Jonathan Ryder and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts for their incredible support.
Out Like Flynn
Playwright Theatre Centre, Granville Island, Vancouver, 2007
An original, Canadian, musical dreamscape written and composed by Jeff Gladstone (Lazy Susan, Theatre Melee, Jessie Award nominee), Out Like Flynn blends fact and fiction to imagine the last days of Hollywood legend Errol Flynn, as he indulges in the wanton and wicked nightlife of 1950s Vancouver. It is the story of the intriguing Hollywood legend, Errol Flynn, and the last days he spent in none other than Vancouver.
Performers: Russell Roberts, Laura Di Cicco, Julie McIsaac and Joanna Chapman-Smith
Directed by Jack Paterson
Musician\Musical Director: Joahnna Chapman-Smith
Lillie and Flynn (concert presentation)
Shabolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, 2006
A one-hour concert presentation of Out Like Flynn, presented at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts as a part of their “Sneak-Preview” program for up-and-coming artists. This production was also developed in conjunction with Killarney Secondary as part of Fugue’s ongoing Youth Mentorship Program, in which we invite students from vulnerable communities to join us in the production of our shows.
Performers: Laura Di Cicco, Mike Wasko
Director: Tracey Power
Musician: Steve Charles