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Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret + Banned Next? Love v. Death, A New Chamber Opera

September 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater.

Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, performances are taking place across the country during Banned Books Week, September 22-28.

This Florida performance is directed by The Studio@620’s Bob Devin Jones and is a 50-minute mix of scenes and songs from plays and musicals producers have objected to, including The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Rent, Fun Home, An Octoroon, Kleptocracy, Chicago, and Cabaret.

A voter registration table will be available, thanks to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections.

The evening’s entertainment is free, and includes the premiere of Love v. Death: A New Chamber Opera by Tom Sivak.

This ‘soon-to-be-banned’ opera tells the true story of Carl von Cosel. In 1940, Carl was arrested in Key West, when authorities discovered the corpse of his girlfriend lying in his bed. She had died 7 years earlier from tuberculosis. A grotesque but compelling love story, Love v. Death certainly has the potential to be on next year’s Banned Together cabaret.

Love v. Death is 45 minutes long, featuring original music and lyrics by Tom Sivak, who will accompany the cast on piano. Singers Samuel Hall, Stephanie McCranie, Timothy Wilt and Melissa Misener are directed by Vickie Daignault. Thanks to a generous grant from Creative Pinellas, there is no admission fee for the world premiere of this new work.

Tom Sivak’s music has been heard on stage, film, TV and live, inside Stateville Prison! The Chicago Symphony Orchestra premiered his Prelude and Fugue. His musical adaptation of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die! In 3-D!!! premiered at the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival. Since moving to St. Petersburg, Tom has been awarded grants from the St. Pete Arts Alliance, Creative Pinellas, and Pinellas Community Foundation. Sunshine City the Musical, created with Dewey Davis-Thompson, will premiere at St. Pete City Theatre in April 2020.

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September 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


PEN America


The Palladium Theater
253 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 United States
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