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Now Eleanor's idea [videorecording] : a quartet of short operas

Title
Now Eleanor's idea [videorecording] : a quartet of short operas / Brooklyn Academy of Music presents ; music and libretto by Robert Ashley ; produced by Mimi Johnson for Performing Artservices, Inc., N.Y.
Publication
c1994.

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Description
4 videodiscs (DVD) (165 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Filmed performances.
Access (note)
  • Access restricted. Written permission from the Brooklyn Academy of Music required for viewing.
Credits (note)
  • Mixing and electronics, Tom Hamilton ; staging set and costume design, Jacqueline Humbert ; lighting design, Katy Orrick ; production stage manager, Ed Fitzgerald ; sound system engineer, Robert Bielecki.
Performer (note)
  • Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Marghreta Cordero, Jacqueline Humbert, Adam Klein, Joan La Barbara, Amy X. Neuburg, Robert Ashley.
Event (note)
  • Recorded, Nov. 18, 1994, Carey Playhouse, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of Next Wave Festival.
Source (note)
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of: Brooklyn Academy of Music collection.
Contents
Improvement -- Foreign experiences (Sam Ashley (Don), Jacqueline Humbert (Linda), Thomas Buckner (Mr. Payne), Joan La Barbara (Now Eleanor), Marghreta Cordero (The Doctor), Amy X. Neuburg (Mr. Payne's Mother), Robert Ashley, the narrator) -- EL/Aficionado -- Now Eleanor's idea (Joan La Barbara (Now Eleanor), Amy X. Neuburg (Now Eleanor's Double), Marghreta Cordero (Now Eleanor's Low Rider Companion), Sam Ashley (Junior, Jr.), Jacqueline Humbert (Linda), Thomas Buckner (Don), Robert Ashley, the narrator).
Call Number
*LDV 1621
Title
Now Eleanor's idea [videorecording] : a quartet of short operas / Brooklyn Academy of Music presents ; music and libretto by Robert Ashley ; produced by Mimi Johnson for Performing Artservices, Inc., N.Y.
Imprint
c1994.
Credits
Mixing and electronics, Tom Hamilton ; staging set and costume design, Jacqueline Humbert ; lighting design, Katy Orrick ; production stage manager, Ed Fitzgerald ; sound system engineer, Robert Bielecki.
Cast
Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Marghreta Cordero, Jacqueline Humbert, Adam Klein, Joan La Barbara, Amy X. Neuburg, Robert Ashley.
Event
Recorded, Nov. 18, 1994, Carey Playhouse, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of Next Wave Festival.
Summary
Robert Ashley's Now Eleanor's idea is a quartet of short operas based on the notion of a sequence of events seen from four, different points of view. At the same time, each opera is an allegory, like Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, for an individual's self-realization within the context of a major religion found in the United States. Improvement takes its imagery and plot from Judaism, Foreign Experiences from Pentecostal Evangelism, eL/Aficionado from Corporate Mysticism, and Now Eleanor's Idea from (Spanish) Catholicism. While working at The bank, the title character, Now Eleanor, has a sort of "religious experience" that fills her with an "approach of the end of the world feeling"" This feeling compels her to leave her job in the Midwest, move to New Mexico, and become a newscaster to try to discover the point where the religions of America - Judaism, Protestantism, Business and Catholicism - merge.
Access
Access restricted. Written permission from the Brooklyn Academy of Music required for viewing.
Linking Entry
Forms part of: Brooklyn Academy of Music collection.
Local Note
Archival master located in the Dance Collection.
Viewing copies cataloged and serviced by RHA.
Source
Gift ; Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Added Author
Ashley, Robert, 1930-2014. Now Eleanor's idea.
Ashley, Robert, 1930-2014. Librettist
Johnson, Mimi. Producer
Hamilton, Tom, 1946- Sound designer
Humbert, Jacqueline, 1952- Set designer
Humbert, Jacqueline, 1952- Costume designer
Orrick, Katy. Lighting designer
Fitzgerald, Ed. Production manager
Bielecki, Robert. Sound designer
Ashley, Sam. Performer
Buckner, Tom. Performer
Cordero, Marghreta. Performer
Humbert, Jacqueline, 1952- Performer
Klein, Adam. Performer
La Barbara, Joan, 1947- Performer
Neuburg, Amy X. Performer
Ashley, Robert, 1930-2014. Performer
Performing Artservices, Inc. Producer
Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Brooklyn Academy of Music. Next Wave Festival.
Brooklyn Academy of Music. Donor
Research Call Number
*LDV 1621
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