The Gershwins'®

PORGY AND BESS

by George Gershwin, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

FRIDAY

APRIL 26, 2019 AT 7:30 PM

Bass Performance Hall

SUNDAY

APRIL 28, 2019 AT 2:00 PM

Bass Performance Hall

TUESDAY

APRIL 30, 2019 AT 7:30 PM

Bass Performance Hall

ABOUT PORGY AND BESS

Considered one of the most important operas written in the 20th century, George Gershwin’s beloved Porgy and Bess has captivated audiences across the globe for over 80 years. This season, opera director Garnett Bruce brings Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess to life on the stage of Bass Performance Hall, with spectacular new scenery created by British set designer Peter J. Davison. Based upon DuBose Heyward’s 1925 novel Porgy, the opera follows the impoverished residents of the neighborhood of Catfish Row on the shores of Charleston, South Carolina.

This tragic love story, featuring iconic arias like “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” centers on a disabled beggar named Porgy and his efforts to save the troubled Bess from a life of shame, addiction, and ruin. This audacious work, with its masterful blend of opera, jazz, blues, spirituals, ragtime, and folk will be presented in English, in its original version with restored orchestrations and recitatives.

CAST

Indira Mahajan

Bess

Thomas Cannon

Porgy

Jermaine Smith

Sportin' Life

Karen Slack

Serena

Norman Garrett

Crown

John Fulton

Jake

Meroë Khalia Adeeb

Clara

Chaz'man Williams-Ali

Robbins | Crabman

Martin Bakari

Peter

Ernest Jackson Jr.

Mingo

Gwendolyn Brown

Maria

ARTISTIC TEAM

Francesca Zambello

Original Stage Director and Production Designer

Garnett Bruce

Director

Joe Illick

Conductor

Alfrelynn Roberts

Chorus Master

Eric Sean Fogel

Choreographer

Eboni Adams

Choreographer

Mark McCullough

Lighting Designer

Peter J Davison

Scenery Designer

Paul Tazewell

Costume Designer

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The chorus singing and dancing

in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Photo by Karli Cadel, The Glimmerglass Festival