Original Vision 2020-21
Join us for the inaugural launch of ORIGINAL VISION
a new developmental workshop series of innovative works by diverse librettist/composer teams.
Original Vision will debut three moving short films as epic 15-minute “first look” scenes with themes as diverse as hysterics, birdsong, and pancakes. In “Azure’s Hands“ by Livia Reiner and Lily Min Ren, the lead must explore the history and spectres that reside in her subconscious to find freedom. “Hysteria” by Molly Pease and Divya Maus boldly depicts how a set of heroines discover the external root cause of their motley emotions. Concluding the evening is “Untitled Aunt Jemima Opera” by Jason V. Barabba and June Carryl, a historical take on the Mammy figure and its dehumanizing effect.
Tickets are available to the online premiere event on a donation basis, starting at $10. For a minimum $100 sponsorship donation, a VIP ticket will include a post-show meet-and-greet with the artists via Zoom.
Original Vision: Maiden Voyage will premiere on YouTube from 7:00pm to 8:00pm PDT.
Jason V. Barabba is a composer and non-profit arts administrator in Los Angeles. As a composer he has an affinity for collaboration, especially with authors (living and dead) whose work inspires thoughtfulness, intelligence, and emotional investment in the listener. He prefers to tell a story with his work even when there’s no text or specific drama indicated. In a nod to his theatrical side, he frequently incorporates text spoken by singers, actors, and instrumentalists, to convey his ideas. Barabba is Director of Artistic Planning for Synchromy, a Los Angeles-based composers’ collective and is also Assistant Director for Piano Spheres.
June Carryl grew up in Denver and studied Political Science and English Literature at Brown University. Her plays include CONSORTIUM (Lower Depths Theatre Ensemble BIPOC Vote Plays), TOW (Coeurage Theatre’s NOMAD PROJECT), THE LIFE AND DEATH OF (Vagrancy Theatre), COLOSSUS (Semi-Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference) BOOM (Semi-Finalist O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), and THE GOOD MINISTER FROM HARARE (Playwrights Arena Summer Series, Saroyan/Paul Award). Recent directing credits include ROAD HOME (Sky Pilot Theatre), and WHEN WE BREATHE (Blossoming Festival, Vagrancy Theatre). Favorite roles include Fraulein Schneider in CABARET (Celebration Theatre) and Gerty Fail in FAILURE: A LOVE STORY (Coeurage Theatre).
Molly Pease is an eclectic composer and vocalist passionate about inter-disciplinary collaboration, extended vocal sounds and improvisation. In 2018, she released an album with her experimental rock project ACKLAND. Her cantata entitled Inner Astronomy, featuring settings of her late father Randall Pease’s poetry to voices and strings, will be released December 2020. Recent projects include Score for the Near Future with sculptor Jimena Sarno at 18th Street Art Center. She was a 2019 composer fellow at N.E.O. Voice Festival, and has an MFA in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts.
Divya Maus is a composer, writer, and vocalist whose work spans the spectrum of the pop industry, musical theatre, and choral music. Her songs have been performed by recognized vocalists such as Shoshana Bean, Carrie Manolakos, and Kirstin Maldonado (Pentatonix). Her lead single ‘Salty Water’ (from debut album BIGGER) earned her a finalist placement in the Great American Song Contest and led to her opening for the Beach Boys in Los Angeles in 2014. Divya composed the score of THE MOLLYHOUSE and is currently working on two original film musicals and a second studio album.
Lily Min Ren is the writer-director-producer of four narrative short films, including Red Rose, White Rose, co-directed with Livia Reiner, which has shown at NewFilmmakers NY, Aphrodite Film Awards, Institute for Provocation in Beijing and Taipei Contemporary Arts Center. She is also a bilingual fiction writer, poet and translator, working between Chinese and English. She has shadowed head dramaturg Nora Titone at Court Theatre and programmed the series Into the New Millenium: 1990s and Onward in China and Taiwan at Doc Films. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago in anthropology, with a minor in cinema and media studies.
Livia Reiner is an LA-based musician and theater artist. She has performed in The Woman in the Wall, ICELAND (REDCAT NOWFest), and Cynosemma with Overtone Industries, Memory Palace and No Place Like at the Pico House, Atalanta (for which she also composed original music) at the Chicago International Puppet Festival, and in the short film Red Rose, White Rose (which she co-directed with Lily Min Ren and composed original music). She was a directing intern for the MacArthur Fellow Annie Dorsen. Recently, she released an EP entitled “So I’m Not Gonna.” She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.