p r i s m

January 6, 7, 9-12 at 7:30PM | Post-show conversation on Jan 10 at La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre

Locked away in a sterile room, a sickly child, Bibi, and her doting mother, Lumee, are each other’s sole protectors from the unknown. When a mysterious illness lurking outside their door leaves Bibi unable to walk, her youthful curiosity begins to simmer and a seductive external existence can no longer be ignored. p r i s m is a haunting, kaleidoscopic new work of opera-theatre that traverses the elasticity of memory after trauma. Composer Ellen Reid’s music erupts with color, using choral and orchestral timbres to deliver an eerily distinct sonic world.


Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Trinity Church Wall Street.


Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, David & Kiki Gindler, Linda & Stuart Nelson, and Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting, with additional commissioning support from Nancy and Barry Sanders, OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers, funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development; The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust; and National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works.


Developed by Beth Morrison Projects, Lyric Theatre @Illinois, Arizona State University School of Music, Trinity Wall Street, and PROTOTYPE.

$25 with PROTO Pack
$60 with Premium PROTO Pack

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La MaMa
74 EAST 4TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10003

Subway: 6 to Astor Place, F to 2nd Ave, or N/R to 8th Street/NYU Bus: M8 or M15

La Mama Theatre is wheelchair accessible from a side entrance.

Ellen Reid

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