as Fritz Lang

Minnesota Opera
Directed by Brian Staufenbiel
Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal
Conducted by Elias Grandy

October 5 - 13, 2019
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts,
345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Apprx. Run Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Strauss’ Elektra, based on the famous tragedy about a princess hell-bent on revenge, is as intense and gripping as opera gets. Reimagined on the set of a 1920s German film studio, an actress’ mental state unravels as she slowly believes herself to be the real Elektra of ancient Greece, her quest for the perfect performance quickly igniting an authentic lust for blood. This scorching drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power that aims straight for the jugular.


Performed in German with English translations projected above the stage.



Missing Karma

as ted

Theatre Elision
By Timothy Huang
Presented as a part of
A Flight of Short Musicals

January 23, 24 & 25, 2020 - 7:30pm
Elision Playhouse,
6105 42nd Avenue North
Crystal, Minnesota 55422

Apprx. Run Time: 2 hours with 2 intermissions

Join us for one weekend in January for our “short musicals” festival.  We’ll present a flight of a half dozen 10 to 20-minute musicals, with brief intermissions between each to enjoy a flight of your favorite beverage – wine, beer or non-alcoholic options!  The musicals will include: 

My Boyfriend is an Alien (and I’m OK with that)
by Christine Toy Johnson & Bobby Cronin

The Manifesto by Germaine Shames & Nadav Amir-Himmel 
Der Strunkenwhitenleider by Scott Guy 
Missing Karma by Timothy Huang
Plus a few surprises!

Total Show Time with intermissions approximately 2 hours.



Anne & Will

as Will shakespeare

(World Premiere)

Theatre Elision
Book by Sandra Hochman & Cindy Polich
Lyrics by Sandra Hochman
Music by Galt MacDermot
& Gary William Friedman

May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16 - 7:30pm
May 10 & 17 - 2:30pm
Elision Playhouse,
6105 42nd Avenue North
Crystal, Minnesota 55422

Apprx. Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

A staged reading of a new musical by Pulitzer-prize nominated poet Sandra Hochman and local playwright Cindy Polich, with new music by Grammy-winning composer of Hair, Galt MacDermot, and Tony-nominated composer Gary William Friedman.  Much has been written about William Shakespeare and his illustrious career.  Less is known about the women in his life. Anne and Will imagines that four women were instrumental in putting Shakespeare on the path to literary greatness – his mother, his wife, Queen Elizabeth, and a plucky barmaid who may have saved his life in a treacherous London.