THE MEMENTI MORI OF EDWARD GOREY is a shuffle-play featuring thirteen sketches in different styles - a puppet show, an opera, a ballet, a TV sit com - exploring the life and work of writer-illustrator Edward St. John Gorey .
A shuffle play inspired by the life and work of author-illustrator Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000).
THE MEMENTI MORI OF EDWARD GOREY has 13 vignettes
about the artist, in different styles from ballet and opera to hand puppets and silent film. For each performance, several sketches are selected and ordered by an audience volunteer - Tarot card reading style - resulting in a new performance each night. By casting nine actors as different versions of the artist, MEMENTI MORI explores the spectrum and fluidity of identity, artistry, and personhood, through a life.
THE MEMENTI MORI OF EDWARD GOREY features original music by composer Mary Bichner.
”Oh, the OF It All!”: A 10-12min orchestral ballet work celebrating Gorey’s obsession for the New York City Ballet and its legendary choreographer, George Balanchine.
Music Demo. Scenario. Score.
FAIR ISLE: a short opera work that tells the tale of "Ted" (Gorey) and Tom, two friends in the midst of a month-long trip through the Scottish Isles. With Tom, Ted's heart swells like a storming sea, but - as Ted searches for the right words to - Tom's feelings remain firmly planted on earthy matters.
Music Demo. Libretto. Score.
Written in 2019 at the WildAcres Retreat in North Carolina.