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David Lang / Mark Dion ANATOMY THEATER


JAN 7-14, 2017 | 8PM



Photo: Craig T. Matthew


Composed by David Lang
Librettists: Mark Dion and David Lang
Director: Bob McGrath
Conductor: Christopher Rountree
Co-presented with PROTOTYPE Festival

Based on actual 18th-century texts, anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all. anatomy theater conjures a time when “specialists” traveled from town to town in pre-modern Europe, conducting public dissections of the corpses of executed criminals, seeking evidence of moral corruption in the interior of the human body. It is an idea that resonates today when, out of fear, we assign evil to some bodies and not others. Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning and Oscar-nominated composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dionanatomy theater is a tuneful and grisly theatrical event.

Sarah Osborne: Peabody Southwell
Joshua Crouch: Marc Kudisch
Baron Peel: Robert Osborne
Ambrose Strang: Timur

With the International Contemporary Ensemble

Scenic Designer: Mark Dion
Lighting Designer: Christopher Kuhl
Video Designer: Bill Morrison
Projection Designer: Laurie Olinder
Sound Designer & Audio Engineer: Garth MacAleavey
Costume Designer: Alixandra Gage Englund
Assistant Director: Alexander Gedeon
Stage Manager: Ryan Gohsman
Assistant Stage Manager: Julie Hurley

Additional Credits:

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE): Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Phyllis Chen, Nathan Davis, Erica Dicker, Emi Ferguson, Gareth Flowers, Anne Lanzilotti, Josh Rubin, and Randy Zigler

Supernumeraries: Rosario Alvarez, Irina Kaplan, Ana Kirkland, Yeujia Low, Moira McCormick, Matt McDonough, Andrew Schurr, and Natasha Thweat

Video Engineer: Simon Harding
Assistant to the Director: Robert Kitchens
Consultant Production Manager: Sarah Peterson
Production Manager: Carly Levin
Wardrobe Assistant: Casper Sutton-Fosman

At BRIC Arts | Media | House

A Ridge Theater Production.  Developed and Produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Development support provided by BRIC and MassMoCA. anatomy theater premiered at LA Opera in a Beth Morrison Projects production in June 2016.

Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Ridge Theater, Justus & Helen Schlichting, Linda & Stuart Nelson, Paul King, Marla Mayer & Chris Ahearn. Additional commissioning support provided by BRIC, Nancy & Barry Sanders and Miles & Joni Benickes.  anatomy theater is funded, in part, by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works, and by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.  Additional funding was provided by the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP), the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and New Music USA.

anatomy theater premiered at LA Opera in a Beth Morrison Projects production in June 2016.

Co-presented with BRIC


PROTOTYPE – OPERA/THEATRE/NOW ( is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. PROTOTYPE is a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, two leaders in the creation and presentation of contemporary, post-classical, multi-disciplinary opera-theatre and music-theatre work. The festival is the only of its kind in New York City - presenting both complete performances as well as works-in-progress through partnerships with local performing arts venues.