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July 31, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Time Details:
Saturday, 7/30 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, 7/31 at 2:00 PM
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
1301 5th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
Adult: $22
Senior (65+): $19
Student (including college): $19
The Machine Stops: An Opera

The Machine Stops: An Opera by John Lake and Cecile Goding

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Produced by Musical Director Ed Kottick, with Stage Director Josh Sazon

Tickets go on sale to the public Wednesday, June 1 at Noon.

CCPA Center Stage Society members may purchase tickets in advance with a promotion code. Please check your email for details.

The Machine Stops, a new science fiction opera by musician and composer John Lake, from a libretto by poet Cecile Goding, both from Iowa City, will launch into the cosmos this July. Based on a 1909 story by E. M. Forster, the opera will take you to a world where everyone lives alone, communicating only through their phones. Sound familiar?

Imagine a world where pandemics, wars, and environmental decay have forced us to live underground. Imagine that all our needs are brought to our door, via The Machine. It's not hard to imagine, then, that The Machine soon controls everyone we see and hear, and what we think is reality. Imagine being trapped in a technological maze of our own creation. We can only imagine. Or can we? Are we already there? Combine this scenario with an exciting operatic score, focus on two individuals (a mother and her son) condemned to their isolated lives, and you will want to be in the audience, even if you've never been to an opera.

Producer and musical director Ed Kottick says, "I was introduced to THE MACHINE STOPS at a workshop performance sponsored by the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. (I was the conductor.) I was so taken with the unique creative vision of John and Cecile that I decided I needed to help this work see the light of day in any way I could. Hence, I became actively involved in the project. We have arranged the music for a chamber orchestra. And stage director Josh Sazon has created a visually rich setting for our cast of seven singers."

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