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Dog Days
Composer:David T. Little
Librettist:Royce Vavrek
The country has fallen into chaos as an undefined war rages on US soil. A family of five—two parents, two sons, and a young daughter, Lisa—do what they can to survive. One day Prince, a man in a dog suit, arrives, and befriends Lisa. Lisa’s mother supports this friendship—Prince is her pet—though Lisa’s father opposes it: “he’s dangerous.” He confronts Prince: “Stand up like a man” he says. Father needs proof that Prince is, in fact, human. Many months pass. It’s winter now. Dark early, and cold. The family hasn’t eaten in weeks, maybe months. "I wish I had a steak," says one brother. The other brother adds "I heard in China people eat dogs." There is silence in the room. Howard rises, takes his rifle. "Where are you going? Howard--don't--don't--" says mother. "He's a man, Howard! A man! You can't-" she screams. "He's a dog," Howard replies. "He's an animal.” Lisa tries to stop them, but she is too late. She arrives just in time to see her father and brothers descend upon Prince, snarling.

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Los Angeles OperaDog Days6/11/2015 - 6/15/2014
Fort Worth OperaDog Days4/24/2015 - 5/5/2015

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Original Cast
John Kelly
James Bobick (baritone)
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano)
Cherry Duke (mezzo-soprano)
Michael Marcotte (tenor)
Peter Tantsits (tenor)
Lauren Worsham (soprano)

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