Score by Graham Reynolds
Libretto by Karen Hartman
Directed by Jason Neulander
October 31 - November 23, 2002 at The Off Center
2211-A Hidalgo Street
“Bone-chilling”, “vividly expressionistic” and “ferociously smart”
— Austin American-Statesman, November 5, 2002
“Graham Reynolds’ score keeps you on the edge of your seat. … The 14 actors [fill the stage] with superb song and fantastic emotion. … It’s an amazing show.”
— The Austin Chronicle, November 8, 2002
It all started in 1999, with SVT’s and Golden Arm Trio’s first collaboration, Ruth Margraff’s Cry Pitch Carrolls. That production, a new chamber opera, met with enormous critical acclaim. Then, Golden Arm Trio performed its first symphony and immediately after the performance, Jason Neulander (SVT’s Artistic Director) approached Graham Reynolds (GAT’s head honcho) to ask if he wanted to create a composer-driven opera. Karen Hartman joined up as the librettist. Two-and-a-half years later, the fruits of that effort were available to the public in the form of MotherBone!
MotherBone is a contemporary retelling of a classic Russian folk story. Val’s mom dies and her father abandons her, making her a child of the streets. Val is bent on revenge and seeks the fire of a legendary witch who lives across the canal. Fully sung through, with a cast of 14, an orchestra of 10, huge sets and costumes, and seventeen hundred pounds of dry ice, MotherBone is full-scale opera as only Salvage Vanguard Theater and Golden Arm Trio could create it.