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Fellow Travelers

An opera by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2007 novel Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
Developed and Co-Commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer & Cincinnati Opera

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June 16-26

A love affair between two men in 1950s Washington, DC. A chance encounter between recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin and handsome State Department official Hawkins Fuller results in Tim’s first job—and his first love affair with a man. But during the McCarthy-era Lavender Scare, communists aren’t the only enemies. Overt and covert hostility directed toward abolishing “homosexual tendencies” in the government creates a world of fear and shame for the two lovers. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power, Tim and Hawkins find it increasingly dangerous to navigate their double lives. Full of sincere heartbreak, Fellow Travelers is an ode to the importance of being one’s self and the bravery it takes to stand up to political oppression.

 

Composer

Gregory Spears

Librettist

Greg Pierce

Language

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

Runtime

Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission.

 

Location

The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

612-333-6669

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Director's Notes

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Peter Rothstein

“It is an honor to shed light on the victims and the heroes of the Lavender Scare—may we do their story justice.”

Synopsis

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Act I

September 1953 to May 1957, in Washington, D.C. Eisenhower is president. Senator Joseph McCarthy is stoking fears that the U.S. federal government is full of Communists, Soviet spies, and homosexuals …

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The New York Times

“With its smart music and sharp-edged romantic drama, Fellow Travelers seems assured of lasting appeal”

History

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Helpful links to articles, interviews, and news stories that will help provide a historical context to this ode to the importance of being one’s self and the bravery it takes to stand up to political oppression.

Composer Biography

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Gregory Spears

Gregory Spears writes music that blends aspects of romanticism, minimalism, and early music …

 

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