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What if Saori Had a Party?

What if Saori Had a Party?

What if Saori Had a Party?
(a.k.a. Saori’s Birthday)

Created by John Moran
in collaboration with:
Saori Tsukada, Katherine Brook
and Joseph Keckler

“I am convinced that there is no more important composer working today, than John Moran. His works have been so advanced as to be considered revolutionary.”
-Phillip Glass

Saori portrays a magical, Anime-Children’s Show-Host, sealed forever inside a protective, computerized-bubble. Trouble begins one day as Saori decides to have a birthday party; and ‘Death’ (Joseph Keckler) arrives to deliver the present of ‘Youth’ (Katherine Brook).

This is Moran trademark style of full-length, high precision music-theater; delivered by 3 masters of the craft: Saori Tsukada, Joseph Keckler and Katherine Brook. This commission by Performance Space 122 also marks the 20th anniversary of Moran’s work, which began at P.S.122 with his groundbeaking techno-opera, ‘Jack Benny!’, in 1987-88.

Click for your sound souvenir from ‘What if Saori had a Party?’

John Moran in the press:

“Moran is a modern-day Mozart, on a mission to revolutionize music and theater.” – The Boston Globe

“…stays in the mind as phenomenally imaginative music-theater: dizzying lipsynch’ theatrics, intricate staging and mournful, minimalist patterns combine to create an operatic world unlike any other.” – The New York Times

“One of most important (and underrated) figures in the avant garde scene.” – Timeout
“Moran is a bonafide, American original. He has forged a path as singular (and enduring) as his electronic, god daddy ” – NY Newsday

Music/Soundscape and Direction by John Moran; Choreography by Moran and Saori Tsukada

Photo by Nolan Rosemond


SHOWTIMES: Jan 9th at 9.30pm, Jan 10th at 3:30pm, Jan 11th at 6.30pm, Jan 12th at 9.30 pm and Jan 13th at 6.30pm
Tickets from $20, $15 (students/seniors), $10 (members)

World Premiere
October 21-November 4 2007

John Moran and His Neighbor Saori

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JOHN MORAN and His Neighbor SAORI

Composer and performer John Moran has received theatrical productions of his operas Jack Benny!, The Hospital, The Haunted House, and The Trilogy of Cyclic Existence at La Mama, E.T.C.; The Manson Family at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and Mathew In the School of Life at The Kitchen. Each of Moran’s operas have had an innovative impact on the music/theatre community, receiving notoriety in the press, including two Bessies and an Obie award in 1994. The Manson Family has been recorded on Point Music/Philips Classics with a provocative cast that includes Iggy Pop and Terre Roche, among others. Moran is currently a Columbia recording artist and has recently recorded Mathew in the School of Life, featuring Allen Ginsberg.

October 6-8, 2006
9 p.m.

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