If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember that my short play Touch was supposed to be adapted into a full-length opera. I had signed a contract and spoken with a lyricist and a composer. It would premier in London in 2020 or 2021.
Even if you didn’t know before, you can probably guess what happened next. The pandemic made international travel impossible. It also put live theater out of commission for the foreseeable future.
On top of the travel and theater issues, the play itself seemed ill-timed at best. Although I published it in 2016, Touch is a play that takes place in a world of enforced social distancing in the wake of… a virus.
Not super appealing to modern audiences living through eerily similar circumstances.
The composer apologized, and I understood. She expressed her desire to continue with the project, just not for a while. I was heartbroken, but I understood. I tried not to get my hopes up because hey, shit happens.
Fast forward to yesterday, January 24, 2022. The composer reached out to me not only to tell me that she plans to move forward with the opera, but that a) the full libretto/script is finished, b) she’s committing to produce it within the next year and a half to three years, and c) they still very much want me involved.
Y’all. I’m so happy I could cry. I wanted to let y’all know about this because I’ve looked forward to it for ages, and I hope you’ll share in my excitement.