6:30pm doors • 8pm show
Spend a night with the last bastion of resistance in an imagined dystopian near-future with V Town, a dramatic set of character studies in song. A diverse cast of singers, performance artists, and dancers bring a small upstate enclave to life, giving voice to the joys, sorrows, strengths, and struggles of those bearing the brunt of tyranny, patriarchy, and white supremacy. With songs about trans bodies, opioid addiction, elder abuse, the new Jim Crow, and more, V Town gives powerful voice to stories seldom told on the musical stage.
Music and lyrics by Mur
Directed by Jonathon Loy
Cello: Karlos Rodriguez
Starring: Danny Franzese, Aisha Carpenter, Sarah Stewart Chapin, Demi Washington, Gale Sorel, Bailey Vincent, Holly Overton, Elissa Wells, Hannah Cullen, Miguel Grisanti, Erin Carr, Bridget Barkan, Haley Fortune, Alex Schleuderer, and Jade Litaker.
V Town premiered at the 13th Street Theater in 2017 and reopened at La MaMa in the fall of 2018.
Jonathon Loy, New York City based, is the Director of Production and Co-Founder of Berkshire Opera Festival, a summer festival in Western Massachusetts, that produced its first full festival season during the summer of 2016 to great critical and popular acclaim, restoring fully-produced opera to the Berkshire region. Mr. Loy is also a Guest Director on the Staging Staff at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City since 2009 and a 2002 OPERA America Fellowship winner. As a fellow he focused on stage direction and artistic administration, during which time he completed residencies at New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Memphis, and Cincinnati Opera.
An active Stage Director, Mr. Loy has directed Tosca, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera. He has directed his new productions of Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos and Madama Butterfly with Berkshire Opera Festival for the 2018, 2017 and 2016 seasons, respectively. He spent five summers directing with Opera Fairbanks in Alaska where in the summer of 2014 he staged a new production of L’Italiana in Algeri with Vivica Genaux and Barry Banks and summer of 2015 saw a new production of Hansel and Gretel.
The season includes his 10th season at the Metropolitan Opera, where he will direct Tosca and assistant direct the new production of La Traviata, and revivals of Aida, Carmen, and La Fille du Régiment. The summer 2019 season includes directing a new production of Don Pasquale with Berkshire Opera Festival.
He has also directed Don Giovanni for Opera Las Vegas, Hansel & Gretel adapted by Perry Lorenzo for the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, three new operas Golden Gate, Fade and Hunger Art as well as La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto and more for Center City Opera Theater. Mr. Loy is also an active assistant director and has worked with such companies as The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Michigan Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera North and more.
Mr. Loy is the former General Director of Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia where he was the first person to produce opera in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Loy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on theater, business, and Italian. He had the unique opportunity to work at Pittsburgh Opera for four years while attending the university and also meeting the renowned voice teacher Claudia Pinza who took Mr. Loy to her school in Italy, where he was able to study the operatic repertoire and experience first hand the training of young singers.
Karlos plays on a cello by award winning maker Michael Doran made possible through a Sphinx MPower artist grant.