Bernadette's Cozy Book Nook
January 14-24, 2021
Fort Worth Opera (FWO) is thrilled to announce the world premiere film of composer Joe Illick and librettist Mark Campbell’s Bernadette’s Cozy Book Nook. Directed and edited by Cara Consilvio, this searingly clever virtual comedy features opera legends Brenda Harris, Donnie Ray Albert, Joyce Castle, William Burden, FWO Lesley Resident Artist Gabrielle Gilliam, pianist Aldo López-Gavilán, and the world-renowned Harlem Quartet under the baton of music director and sound editor Andrew Whitfield. Part of the company’s new digital initiative FWO Green Room and the first of many exciting offerings for the spring of 2021, Bernadette’s Cozy Book Nook is Fort Worth Opera’s ninth world premiere and the third creative collaboration between Illick and Campbell, following 2019’s Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, and this season’s delightful Texas-themed children’s opera, Stone Soup.
On April 27, 2020, The Cozy Book Nook, a book club with four retirees as members that usually convenes monthly in person, now meets online for the first time because of the pandemic. Bernadette, the club's president, tightens her tyrannical grip as the members are joined on Zoom by her young niece Eleanor, a recent graduate of Yale, to discuss the book of the month: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. In forty mordantly funny minutes of life in the time of COVID-19, technology falters, political lines are sharply drawn, and Bernadette's book club becomes anything but cozy.