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Morris Panych and James Rolfe tailor a new Overcoat for Vancouver Opera Festival

Morris Panych and James Rolfe tailor a new Overcoat for Vancouver Opera Festival

April 19, 2018
National

The team of librettist and composer find the music in a hit play

"For the record, there is a new overcoat. When you are reimagining one of the country’s most beloved theatre works as an opera, it’s only fitting to reinvent its central costume piece—the flowing garment that drives the action and leads to one man’s downfall.

“We thought, symbolically, that we should build a new coat,” reveals Morris Panych, the director and cocreator of the original, wordless movement play, The Overcoat, and now the librettist for The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring. Speaking to the Straight from Toronto, where the celebrated playwright now lives with his partner in life and art, set designer Ken MacDonald, he explains it’s only right to treat the opera as its own entity—a fact that came into focus as the piece premiered at the Canadian Stage’s Bluma Appel Theatre this month..."

Related Composers: James Rolfe