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The Falling and The Rising
Petite Opera Productions tells true soldiers stories with The Falling and The Rising
The Falling and The Rising is an exciting new American opera that salutes the service and sacrifice of military service men and women by telling true soldiers stories. Based on interviews with military veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda Hospital and Ft. Meade, the opera was created in hopes of capturing the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military veterans and to shed light on the inspirational power of their often overlooked stories, The Falling and The Rising is a story of family, service, and sacrificed inside a period of great uncertainty.
The opera centers around a strong female hero known only as “Soldier”. After sending a video message home on the eve of her daughter’s thirteenth birthday, our soldier is severely wounded by a roadside IED. Doctors quickly place her in a medically-induced coma to help minimize the extensive trauma to her brain. We follow as she makes her way through a miraculous coma-induced dreamscape punctuated with the lives of other fellow service members, each on their own individual journey toward healing and home. Together, they must move toward clarity, comfort, consciousness, and communal hope during a time of adversity.
The opera’s mission is to connect civilians and military through untold soldiers stories—to raise awareness of emotional trauma experienced by those who serve and protect us, and to start the healing process for veterans and active-duty military by sharing the stories they are often unable to share.
ARTISTS AND STAFFThe Falling and The Rising
November 2019 Music by: Zach Redler Libretto by: Jerre Dye Conceived by: SFC Ben Hilgert of the U.S. Army
Managing Executive Director: Susan Baushke Music Director: Qiyun Dai Resident Stage Director: Cathy Dunn Directors of Production: Steven Arvanites, Susan Baushke Resident Stage Manager: Nicole Verive Resident Lighting Director: Elizabeth Sklena Resident Costume Designer: Sienna Kusek
Members of Military Veterans Chorus: Laura Finnelly, Earl Holtz, Ron Kobeluch, Bill Kwaak, Thomas Love, Ramona Pozek, Marvin Schnabel, John Van Alstin
“I’ve been a military veteran for over 60 years, and this is the first production that truly told the stories of what we went through.” — a veteran from the Battle of the Bulge, after seeing The Falling and The Rising.
$30 Adults | $27 Seniors | $25 Military | $15 Students | $5 Preschool