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On Stage: Le Cabaret de Carmen

October 2, 2008

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Today through Sunday are the final four dates to catch the American Opera Theater‘s imaginative interpretation of Georges Bizet’s workhorse Romantic opera Carmen. Featuring a new book by AOT artistic director Timothy Nelson, Le Cabaret de Carmen takes as its inspiration an unorthodox 1981 version of the opera as imagined by innovative British stage director Peter Brook–who directed the famed 1966 English version of Peter Weiss’ The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, starring Glenda Jackson and Patrick Magee, that was eventually turned into a 1986 TV movie version for the Arts and Entertainment cable network.

This Carmen turns Bizet’s classic into a 90-minute evening of cabaret performances from a series of “sultry and sexually ambiguous personae,” according to the AOT. Visit Theatre Project for more information.

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