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American Lyric Theater Presents The Living Libretto:
The Turing Project
Monday, January 21, 2013

A New Opera based on the extraordinary life of Alan Turing.

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

American Lyric Theater’s popular series of public libretto readings, The Living Libretto, continues this season at the new National Opera Center. These events are the culminating readings of extensive libretto workshops conducted for the new operas currently being written by ALT resident artists, featuring guest actors from Broadway and off-Broadway. Each reading includes a reception with the featured artists, and is followed by a discussion with the artists moderated by American Lyric Theater's Producing Artistic Director, Lawrence Edelson.

THE TURING PROJECT - Libretto by David Simpatico; Music by Justine F. Chen

Reading Directed by James Glossman

An iconoclastic thinker and social misfit born to the Edwardian upper class in 1912, Alan Turing was a simple man of extraordinary abilities. His achievements include creating the first universal computer; breaking the Nazi U-Boat code, which proved crucial to the success of the allied forces in WWII; and creating the field of Artificial Intelligence and the future of digital, binary reality. Yet, despite the many benefits Turing’s ideas bestowed upon humanity, the British government charged him with Gross Indecency for the crime of being homosexual, and punished him with chemical castration. A year after his sentence was carried out, Turing committed suicide at the age of 41, eating an apple laced with cyanide - according to the official coroner’s report. Many speculate that his apparent suicide was inspired by his life-long love of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. But others don’t think his death was suicide at all. This exciting new opera, commissioned by American Lyric Theater, imagines the man inside the legend, the unique perspective he had on the universe, the public and unashamed view he had of his own homosexuality, and the impact he had upon the future of civilization,

The $20 ticket includes a wine and cheese reception with the artists, which begins at 7:00 PM. The reading will begin at 7:30 PM.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold on the day of the event.

The National Opera Center is located at 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor (between 28th and 29th)
 


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