LIBRETTO — SYCORAX:
My opera Sycorax (with music composed by Georg Friedrich Haas) will open at Buehnen Bern theater, in Bern, Switzerland, on September 17, 2022, and will include five performances.
LIBRETTO — MY LAI
Smithsonian Folkways released the recording of My Lai on May 20, 2022. Available to stream on Bandcamp, and also as a CD and a vinyl album.
A concert version of My Lai was performed at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 2022. Broadway World announcement.
OTHER RECENT NEWS:
I am collaborating with Mary Kouyoumdjian on a musical piece about the gifted singer Zabelle Panosian, who recorded Armenian folksongs at Columbia Records in New York in 1917, during the Armenian Genocide, and who devoted her life to sustaining the sound and knowledge and heart of Armenia.
I have also been engaged in writing the script for a film about Mother Irene Boothroyd, O.S.B., a nun at The Abbey of Regina Laudis for almost fifty years, who courageously served on the front lines as a registered nurse in World War II, from England to Utah Beach, France, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.
This spring, I also hope to come back to short stories and children’s picture books. More news coming soon!
3/3/18: My Lai at ARTS IOWA
3/9/18 @8:00 p.m.: My Lai at Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA
3/4/18: My Lai at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
10/26/17: “Death by Drowning,” a new work for string quartet and tenor, by composer Jonathan Berger, with libretto by Harriet Scott Chessman, was performed at Memorial Church, Stanford, University, in the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial World Music Days Concert.
8/31/17, 9/1/18: My Lai at Singapore (Asia – Pacific Premiere)
SPRING 2017 BOOK TOUR for The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas (earlier dates):
3/1/17: Launch at R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
3/5/17.: Why There Are Words in New York, NY
3/9/17: Why There Are Words in Sausalito, CA
3/13/17: Books Inc. Palo Alto, CA
3/14/17: Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA
3/15/17: Folio Books, San Francisco, CA
3/16/17: Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley, CA
3/26/17.: The Concord Bookshop, Concord, MA
3/28/17.: Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
4/1/17: Blue Umbrella Books, Westfield, MA
4/2/17: Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
4/4/17: Water Street Books, Williamstown, MA
4/8/17: Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT (with John Elder, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and English, Middlebury College, and author of Reading the Mountains of Home and Picking Up the Flute, among many more.
5/18/17: Guilford Free Library, Guilford, CT
5/21/17: Savoy Bookshop & Cafe, Westerly, Rhode Island
5/24/17: Book the Writer, Manhattan, NY
7/24/17: Bread Loaf School of English, Ripton, VT