Springboard Season Schedule
Membership Springboard Tickets can be used at any of these performances.
A New Works Festival
April 15 - May 21
The Springboard Season is full of work proposed and produced by local artists. Every weekend features a different work, and it’s a staple of our commitment to community outreach, allowing new artists to emerge and showcase their efforts! It's a first peek at work that is in development and a chance to see the creative process at work.
There Was and There Was Not:
Telling Armenian Stories
by Susie Chakmakian
May 20 & 21 at 7 pm
Join us for an engaging and enlightening exploration of Armenian culture, history, and food for Armenians and non-Armenians alike. A stereotypical Armenian grandma, preparing food for a party (with a family member or two to assist her), introduces her non-Armenian guests to the quirks and eccentricities of her culture and proudly shares her people’s greatest achievements (with plenty of in-jokes for Armenians to chuckle about). At the same time, Armenian history is complex and often tragic, so our narrator also thinks about how to both honor that history and celebrate a vibrant, living culture at the same time, weaving in her own personal family stories as a real-life first-generation Armenian-American where they connect with the big picture to try to make sense of it all.
The Voice of Gertrude Stein
May 26 & June 4 at 7 pm
Highlighting Gertrude Stein’s legacy as an American LGBTQIA icon, prolific artist, and feminist Jewish writer. The program includes Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, a One-Act opera by Ned Rorem and Art Songs with texts by Gertrude Stein and music by Ned Rorem, Daron Hagen, Virgil Thomson, Peter Dayton & Felix Jarrar. Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters is a surrealist, non-linear opera. Three “not” sisters and two biological brothers suffer from acute boredom, which they choose to alleviate by playing a game of murder, and the lights go out. When the lights come back on, they are as they were at the beginning, and Jenny tells all of them it is time to go to sleep.
We believe it is important to highlight Gertrude Stein’s legacy as an American LGBTQIA icon, prolific artist, and feminist Jewish writer. There is some controversy related to her time living in France during World War II, as she became close with Bernard Fay, a powerful Vichy government official who kept her safe during the Holocaust. She considered herself a Nazi proaganda-ist and made pro Third Reich statements. However, she joined her neighbors in rallying behind the French Resistance in 1943. She is a complex artist and we think this is worth discussing before a performance of her libretto with music by Ned Rorem.