The Handmaid's Tale

MUSIC BY POUL RUDERS

 

BLESSED BE THE FRUIT … OF THE RESISTANCE.

 

In a dystopian future, fertile women deemed sinful are forced into child-bearing servitude by an extremist theocratic regime. Resistance is nearly impossible — but necessary. Based on the landmark literary work by Margaret Atwood and starring Sasha Cooke as Offred.

New to San Francisco Opera Co-Production

 

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Libretto by Paul Bentley

Sung in English with English supertitles

 

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RUNNING TIME

Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, including one intermission

WHO SHOULD SEE IT

Fans of author Margaret Atwood; George Orwell’s 1984; actress Elizabeth Moss; and dystopian films and TV shows like A Clockwork Orange, The Manchurian Candidate, The Hunger Games, and Black Mirror.

The Handmaid’s Tale is recommended for audiences ages 16 and above. Note, this production contains scenes of violence, misogyny, and sexual assault.

FOUND IN SERIES

A, D, R/R+RBW, G, J, M, C, F, S/RBW, I, LO, W

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Thursday 10/29/20 7:30PM
Sunday 11/01/20 2:00PM
Wednesday 11/11/20 7:30PM
Saturday 11/14/20 7:30PM
Tuesday 11/17/20 7:30PM
Friday 11/20/20 7:30PM
Sunday 11/22/20 2:00PM

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THE BUZZ

“The mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke sings with both warmth and a barely concealed backbone of steel, and projects ruefulness and the tiniest touch of humor.”
The New York Times

Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens “slings the whole evening over her shoulder and walks away with it at the end.”
New York Magazine

“Conductor Thomas Søndergård’s fluency in Ruders' exacting argot is absolute, his orchestra radiant.”
The Independent

SYNOPSIS

Deprived of her rights, her child and even her name, a woman known simply as Offred starts to rebel against a regime bent on female subjugation.

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Cast and Creative

CAST
Offred Sasha Cooke
Aunt Lydia Sarah Cambidge
Serena Joy Michaela Martens
Offred's Commander James Creswell
Offred Double Abigail Levis *
Janine/Ofwarren Katrina Galka *
Ofglen Rhoslyn Jones
Offred’s Mother Nicole Birkland
Rita Sara Couden *
Nick Brenton Ryan
Doctor Matthew DiBattista *

PERFORMANCES

October 29; November 1, 11, 14, 17, 20, and 22, 2020

CREATIVE
Conductor Thomas Søndergård *
Production John Fulljames *
Set Designer Chloe Lamford *
Costume Designer Christina Cunningham *
Lighting Designer Fabiana Piccioli *
Projection Designer Will Duke *
Fight Director Dave Maier
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A San Francisco Opera and Royal Danish Opera co-production.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

This production is made possible, in part, by The Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions, and Joan and David Traitel.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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