Just got back from the wonderful Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat, where I developed my SEVEN adaptations of Jane Austen’s ouvre for puppets with my good friend and collaborator D.T. Burns. We not only developed the scripts, but also built over 80 puppets and shot videos of the plays, which will be forthcoming on your internet machine to watch in 2023!
I simply cannot wait to see my 5-minute opera, THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING: A LOVE STORY, composed by Joshua Brown, presented in animated form with a live singer at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.
New Opera West will feature THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING along with two other video projects at a two-night event at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Tickets are free, drinks are complimentary, and both evenings will be followed by a brief talkback with the artists (including me) – so come hang out!
This piece was animated by the talented Ankita Panda, and will have live vocals by Maria Lindsey. New Opera West will also release the animation in a digital format, with vocals by Colleen McGovern.
As part of their ’21-22 season, New Opera West is presenting an animated version of an opera I wrote with my super talented and awesome friend Joshua Brown! Here’s a blurb of the show:
In icy solitude, The Universe waits. Until one day, she’s shaken from her torpor by the sudden explosive arrival of…well…everything. THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING is a joyful meditation on discovering a new way of seeing things in the moment that “me” becomes “us.”
You can read more about this show and New Opera West’s production of it here.
I hope you’ll check it out! It’s short, exists on your computer, and the music is incredible! The entire opera is performed solo by mellifluous soprano Colleen McGovern, who sings the part like…well…the only soprano in the universe.
I’m beyond overjoyed to share that, after it’s premiere on Monday, EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY also received a glowing review from the Chronicle’s freelance critic Bridgette M. Redman.
Redman praises the script as a “a potent play about the pandemic,” that never mentions “the words “pandemic,” “virus” or “COVID-19.”’ She also waxes poetic about my play’s obsession with sex:
One of Carie’s strengths is capturing the absurdity of sex, weaving passion into the human foibles that often make the ultimate act of intimacy look ridiculous. The idea of sex dominates people’s thoughts and the desire for it sometimes makes them behave in embarrassing and awkward ways. All this Carie captures in her brilliant script.
Thank you VERY much!
She also (rightly) praises the performances of a fabulous cast and the considered direction of my genius friend and beloved collaborator, Dana Bowman.
I’m delighted to share that my play EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY is the first of 3 plays to be presented as part of Mildred’s Umbrella’s fourth annual Femfest Houston! It is a semi-staged digital reading, directed by Dana Bowman and starring Courtney Lomelo, Rhett Martinez, and Jasmine Thomas, with video editing by Catherine Denniston.