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Nov 12
Nov 13

Street Scene: An American opera in two acts

Fri / November 12, 2021 Sat / November 13, 2021
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm / Fisher Theater, ISU Campus

Book by Elmer Rice, based on his play of the same name
Lyrics by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice
In collaboration with ISU Opera Studio and the ISU Symphony Orchestra

An epic, tragic, joyful opera about community.

Youthful desire, forbidden love, and brutal vengeance simmer to an explosion in the diverse melting pot of a 1940s New York City tenement. As the heat of the day builds, a family is pushed to an eruption that changes the community forever. Soaring operatic arias and duets rub shoulders with jazz and the jitterbug. With numbers such as ‘Lonely House’ and ‘Moon-faced, Starry-eyed’, it’s no wonder that Street Scene was awarded Best Original Score at the first Tony Awards in 1947.

Contains adult content and language.

Also performed November 14 at 2:00 pm

Adult tickets $25. Iowa State students and youth free.