Center for Contemporary Opera presents
The Wild Beasts of the Bungalow
Rachel Peters, composer
Royce Vavrek, libretto
Directed by Sam Helfrich
Starring Lauren Worsham
A part of the CCO Development Series
The Wild Beast of the Bungalow follows an eleven-year-old Girl through a triptych of short operas. First, in Mermaid in the Jar, adapted from the short story by Sheila Heti, she begins a reign of terror over a most unwelcome living gift. Then, in Prairie Dogs, inspired by the Gopher Hole Museum, the Girl divorces her real parents and creates her own taxidermied prairie dog family, only to find that they are not the affectionate substitutes she’d hoped they would be. Finally, in Fine and Dandy, the Girl is quarantined in her room, facing forces she cannot control: The Fine and Dandies, a barbershop quartet of chicken pox, and her mother’s own 60s-style girl group of illness, The Shingles. Quirky and darkly comic, The Wild Beast of the Bungalow exposes the brutality that can lurk in even the most seemingly innocent places, both outside and within.