Author: novels Our History in New York, Charting by the Stars, Double Vision. Stories, literary and cultural conversations on paper. Librettist: Rappaccini's Daughter, composed by Michael Cohen. Professor Emerita, The City College of New York: taught in and directed the MFA program. Before that, a long-time member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. Founding Editor: Global City Review and Press. globalcitypress.com.
Beth Herstein interviews Linsey about the beginnings of Rappaccini’s Daughter, meeting Michael, our collaborative process on RD and in general. She asks: How did a fiction writer get into this? Is writing an opera like writing fiction? (Yes and no. It does bear some resemblance to writing a novel.) Why did we call this an operatic musical? (Good question.) And what is our next project together?
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“Rappaccini’s Daughter is a moving and inventive adaptation of Hawthorne’s profound gothic tale of love, death and botany. Now at Theater for the New City, this strikingly theatrical opera has lyrics by Linsey Abrams, music by Michael Cohen and was staged by Lissa Moira. Add more instruments to the musical director Jonathan Fox Powers’ impressive solo piano accompaniment, and this engaging work would be worthy of a place onstage at The Met.”
Theater Talk’s co-hosts, Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel, theater columnist at The New York Post, share a laugh on one one of their shows, aired regularly on PBS affiliates and CUNY TV.
Stage Buddy loves “Rappaccini’s Daughter!” Performances continue through September 28th: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. SmartTix.com or call TFNC Box Office for reservations at (212) 254-1109.
September 4th Issue: Front page feature by Sabina Mollot on the upcoming production of “Rappaccini’s Daughter” at Theater for the New City. Cast photo features singers, Douglass McDonell, Samantha Britt, William Broderick and Martin Fisher. Darcy Dunn rounds out the company. Linsey and Michael share their thoughts on the original Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, its contemporary relevance and the timelessness of the 1844 tale’s themes of scientific manipulation and craving for power, and insights into human desires as well as the unpredictability of perceptions, actions and experience.