PS21 has two unique venues in one stunning building on a bucolic setting just one mile outside the Village of Chatham: a traditional stage with open air seating protected by a sweeping pavilion roof as well as an enclosed black box theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, PS21 is able to accommodate a wide range of works from some of today's most brilliant artists in dance, theater and music.
Three works by companies that reconceive the operatic genre:
The Extinctionist, composed by Daniel Schlosberg with a libretto by Amanda Quaid, is Heartbeat Opera’s dark comedy about a couple grappling with the prospect of bearing a child in a world threatened with environmental collapse. Directed by Louisa Proske and Music Directed by Jacob Ashworth. Heartbeat Opera's past work has been described as “bold and vivid” and “a visceral and immediate encounter” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times). The Extinctionist is being developed in residency at PS21 and will have two semi-staged presentations on May 29–30.
Directed by visual artist and opera director Doug Fitch, Pan, for flutist Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, and chorus, explores the tensions of today’s experience and community through the myth of the god of rustic music and the only mortal member of the Greek pantheon. One performance on July 16.
Ipsa Dixit, composed by Kate Soper and directed by Ashley Tata, is a theatrical chamber opera for soprano, flute, violin, and percussion that blends monodrama, Greek theater, and screwball comedy to skewer the treachery of language and question the authenticity of artistic expression. Called “a twenty-first century masterpiece” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), Ipsa Dixit will close Modern Opera Fest on September 3 - 4.
Date & Time
May 29 - Sep 4, 2021
PS21 Open-Air Pavillion Theater
2980 New York 66, Chatham, New York, 12037, United States