Seasonal Special Happenings

Menotti and More in Brecksville

When: Fri., May 20 2011

"The time to bring back opera is now," says local stage manager, director, and playwright Matty Sayre, referring to the cancellation of Opera Cleveland's 2011 season. So Sayre and producer Don Albainy are putting on two one-act operas at Brecksville's Theatre on the Square tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. "We're bringing it right to people's doorstep," Sayre says. "By putting on two shows back-to-back, people will get a good example of real opera without it being too long." Just don't expect dying gypsies or chubby viking gals: Sayre's choices are far more modern. On the double bill: The Telephone, by Gian Carlo Menotti, and Edison Invents, by Robert S. Cohen. The first, a comedic love triangle, features Mark Wanich and Rebecca Freshwater in the leading roles. The second explores the personal and professional life of the inventor, with James Love playing the title role. "This is the first time Edison Invents has been done in Ohio and only the third or fourth time it's been done ever," Sayre says. "In the opera, they slam Alexander Graham Bell, which we kind of tied back to The Telephone, which I've done previously in Cleveland." The Brecksville Theatre on the Square is at the intersection of Routes 21 and 82 in the town's historic Old Town Hall. Both nights' shows are free, but attendees are encouraged to reserve tickets at btots.org. — Hayden

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