Calling, an Opera of Forgiveness, recounts the up-close experience of one downtown family on 9/11, and the month immediately following it. Blending drama, music, choreography and a soaring architectural set, it captures the reactions and reflections of one family witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center at close range, and the path they take to move from chaos to recovery and hope. La MaMa's production marks the first full showing of the work.
Segments of this work were presented at the Cornelia St. Cafe's Serial Underground in New York City from June 2007 through March 2008, in February 2008 at the Spark Festival in Minneapolis, in April on the Sonic Divergence festival at Northwestern University, at Princeton University in May, and at a benefit performance in Tribeca in June. The opera will open September 12, 2008 at the La Mama ETC. First Floor Theater in New York City, where it will run through the month of September.
The opera is based on Wickham Boyle’s 2002 book A Mother’s Essays from Ground Zero, a collection of essays reflecting on events in the lives of Boyle and her family from the morning of September 11 through the following month of October, 2001. Ms. Boyle wrote the libretto for the opera and is the "guiding spirit" behind the opera's development.