Saturday 15 February 07:30pm

Against the Grain Theatre: "Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup"

6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show


Against the Grain Theatre, a National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence, presents a work-in-progress performance of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, a new chamber opera written by celebrated composer Michelle DiBucci and award-winning Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek. A journey into a young woman’s world torn apart by abuse, neglect, addiction, and apathy, this opera is an unflinching and compassionate look at the opioid crisis and a brutal testament to a plague that is emblematic of this decade.

Witness the results of a four-day workshop at National Sawdust with a first look at the development of this new work addressing one of the most urgent issues of our time. This work-in-progress presentation will feature about 15 minutes of new music, as well as a discussion with the creative team alongside researchers and addiction specialists, giving insight into the collaborative process of creating timely, socially-engaged work.

Ashley Emerson, soprano (Meri)
Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano (Junkie)

Michelle DiBucci, composer
Royce Vavrek, librettist
Brian Gilling, music director
Joel Ivany, stage director

Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, PhD (Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy)
Nicole R Greenspan, PhD (Canadian perspectives on the opioid crisis)