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Kye Marshall & Amanda Hale

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JUNE 2, 3, AND 4, 2023


Canadian Opera Company Theatre
227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario


WORLD PREMIERE


A fateful trip to Pompeii’s ruins ignites the fantasies of two young women, Suzie and Cass. The pair is transported from 1977 to 79 AD, where sexual freedom can be found in the looming shadow of Mount Vesuvius—but not for long. The timeline shifts to 1981 and the Fly by Night, a Toronto lesbian bar, in the aftermath of the infamous Bathhouse Raids.

As the couple struggles to repair their love in the face of homophobia and an impossible ultimatum, fragments of memory endure, revealing a transcendent love for the ages.


Credits
Sung in English



CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


Composer: Kye Marshall
Librettist: Amanda Hale
Conductor: Rosemary Thomson
Director: Jennifer Tarver
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

Co-production with Vancouver Opera

The Story

FULL SYNOPSIS

 

ACT I 

Ruins of Pompeii, 1977: A group of kids on a school trip. Suzie and Cass gaze at the Ash-Embrace bodies of two lovers ‘frozen in time.’ The light flickers, something begins to shift, the lovers move, they breathe … the girls are transported to Pompeii 79AD, to the Villa of Mysteries where they fall in love during initiation into the Dionysian Mysteries. The Priestess names them Suli and Cassia and vows to protect them against Roman Centurion, Marcus Quintus. He is enchanted with Suli, and determined to destroy the Mystery Cult and take her as a prisoner to Rome. The Priestess predicts ‘a coming devastation’ as Vesuvius rumbles ever louder and Marcus & his legion invade the inner sanctum of the Temple of Isis.

 

ACT II 

1981, downtown Toronto: Saturday night at the Fly by Night lesbian bar. Jules the Bartender encourages the women to join a protest march against police brutality during last night’s Bathhouse Raid.

Cass mourns her breakup with Suzie and longs to see her. Jules and the women tell Cass, “Forget her.” When Suzie enters the bar, the estranged lovers reminisce about meeting in high school, and becoming lovers for the first time on their school trip to Pompeii. Then Suzie reveals that she’s just come out to her mother. Cass has been thrown out by her own parents and lives in a lonely basement apartment. She wants Suzie to move in with her, but Suzie won’t leave her widowed mom. The couple argue and Cass worries about Suzie’s future; about her uncle’s plans to marry her off. 

When Suzie’s Uncle bursts into the bar, all hell breaks loose. He and the mother have followed Suzie and plan to take her home, but Suzie wants freedom to reunite with Cass. She is given an impossible choice – to take the protection of family, or go with her lover and be banished. 

  • Sung in English


    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


    Composer: Kye Marshall
    Librettist: Amanda Hale
    Conductor: Rosemary Thomson
    Director: Jennifer Tarver
    Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    Co-production with Vancouver Opera

  • FULL SYNOPSIS

     

    ACT I 

    Ruins of Pompeii, 1977: A group of kids on a school trip. Suzie and Cass gaze at the Ash-Embrace bodies of two lovers ‘frozen in time.’ The light flickers, something begins to shift, the lovers move, they breathe … the girls are transported to Pompeii 79AD, to the Villa of Mysteries where they fall in love during initiation into the Dionysian Mysteries. The Priestess names them Suli and Cassia and vows to protect them against Roman Centurion, Marcus Quintus. He is enchanted with Suli, and determined to destroy the Mystery Cult and take her as a prisoner to Rome. The Priestess predicts ‘a coming devastation’ as Vesuvius rumbles ever louder and Marcus & his legion invade the inner sanctum of the Temple of Isis.

     

    ACT II 

    1981, downtown Toronto: Saturday night at the Fly by Night lesbian bar. Jules the Bartender encourages the women to join a protest march against police brutality during last night’s Bathhouse Raid.

    Cass mourns her breakup with Suzie and longs to see her. Jules and the women tell Cass, “Forget her.” When Suzie enters the bar, the estranged lovers reminisce about meeting in high school, and becoming lovers for the first time on their school trip to Pompeii. Then Suzie reveals that she’s just come out to her mother. Cass has been thrown out by her own parents and lives in a lonely basement apartment. She wants Suzie to move in with her, but Suzie won’t leave her widowed mom. The couple argue and Cass worries about Suzie’s future; about her uncle’s plans to marry her off. 

    When Suzie’s Uncle bursts into the bar, all hell breaks loose. He and the mother have followed Suzie and plan to take her home, but Suzie wants freedom to reunite with Cass. She is given an impossible choice – to take the protection of family, or go with her lover and be banished. 


2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD

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Kye Marshall & Amanda Hale
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JUNE 2, 3, AND 4, 2023


Canadian Opera Company Theatre
227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario


WORLD PREMIERE


A fateful trip to Pompeii’s ruins ignites the fantasies of two young women, Suzie and Cass. The pair is transported from 1977 to 79 AD, where sexual freedom can be found in the looming shadow of Mount Vesuvius—but not for long. The timeline shifts to 1981 and the Fly by Night, a Toronto lesbian bar, in the aftermath of the infamous Bathhouse Raids.

As the couple struggles to repair their love in the face of homophobia and an impossible ultimatum, fragments of memory endure, revealing a transcendent love for the ages.

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