New York Times: “Across Generations, Gathering Insights – A Review of ‘4000 Miles,’ at Pace University”

Alice Cannon as Vera and Jacob Perkins as Leo in the Hudson Stage Company’s production of “4000 Miles” at Woodward Hall Theater at Pace University.

Alice Cannon as Vera and Jacob Perkins as Leo in the Hudson Stage Company’s production of “4000 Miles” at Woodward Hall Theater at Pace University.

Read the New York Times Theater Review.

 

New York Times Music Review: “Jamie Barton Opens Voce at Pace Series”

The superb mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, quickly becoming known for the flood of sound she can unleash, began her recital on Sunday afternoon singing against type.

The superb mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, quickly becoming known for the flood of sound she can unleash, began her recital on Sunday afternoon singing against type.

“Music for a While,” written by Purcell and arranged by Britten, starts in stillness, and Ms. Barton quieted her tone into a float. The effects she achieved were subtle ones. “Your pains were eas’d,” the song’s text goes, and Ms. Barton gradually smoothed the repetitions of that final word so that “eas’d,” well, eased.

The flood eventually came — Sibelius’s “Black Roses” was on the program, among other powerhouses — but Ms. Barton’s tranquil moments were among the most memorable on Sunday, hovering even in the arid acoustics of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University.

Read the New York Times Music Review.

Broadway World: Tony Winner John Doyle Named Pace Performing Arts’ Musical Theater Artist-in-Residence

Broadway World published an article on Pace Musical Theater artist-in-residence John Doyle.

Broadway World published an article on Pace Musical Theater artist-in-residence John Doyle.

From Broadway World:

Scottish director John Doyle is Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater Program’s second artist-in-residence. The unique Artist in Residence program within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is made possible through an anonymous endowed gift.

Doyle, whose inventive re-staging of Sweeney Todd earned him a Tony Award, will work with faculty members at Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater program throughout this academic year to teach a variety of master classes and critique student projects, including vocal performance, song interpretation, the process of composition and the creative process. Doyle will give a public lecture in spring 2014, in which he will explore the creative process of directing musical theater.

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New York Times Dance Review: “Pleasing Deities, and the Eyes, With Storytelling Steps From India”

. . . On Saturday, Aparna Ramaswamy, a younger dancer from Minneapolis, lit up Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

. . . On Oct. 1 the venerable Leela Samson and Madhavi Mudgal, both based in Delhi, shared a bill at the Asia Society. On Saturday, Aparna Ramaswamy, a younger dancer from Minneapolis, lit up Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. And at the Ailey Citigroup Theater on Sunday, New York’s own Rajika Puri gave a survey of her work, presented by the South Asian arts organization Navatman.

Together, these concerts afforded a close look at two highly codified dance forms, revealing nuances that can be hard to discern in a single evening.

Read the New York Times Dance Review.

 

NEWS RELEASE: Actors Studio Drama School Alumni Produce “For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard”

Actors Studio Drama School alumni have joined together to produce a new play that will premiere August 9th at the New York International Fringe Festival. Every member of the production– the writer, director, actors, and designers– are alumni of the Actors Studio Drama School.

OUTSIDE INSIDE PRESENTS

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL KATHY BLANCHARD

a new play by Michael Ross Albert

 

NEW YORK – Outside Inside returns to the New York International Fringe Festival with the world premiere of Michael Ross Albert’s new play, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard.

Directed by the company’s founding co-artistic director, Kaitlyn Samuel, the production stars Ross Wellinger, Kaitlyn Huczko, and two lifetime members of the legendary Actors Studio, Hannah Timmons and David Dempsey.

Set during the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Finals in a house undergoing major renovations, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard is a comedy about hockey, heartbreak, and the places we used to call home. The script was one of the Top Ten plays shortlisted for the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Best New Play Contest.

Lawrence is having a meltdown. Sky’s been kicked out of his house. Amanda’s career seems to be going nowhere. Mary refuses to leave until someone wins the Stanley Cup. And they’re all preparing for a devastating loss. But, Lawrence has a plan…

A combination of boisterous slapstick and surprising emotional honesty, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard is a play about a generation at split ends, trying to re-discover where they come from, and decide where they’re headed.

Playwright Michael Ross Albert is the author of several plays including The Big Sandy River Plays (Jenny Wiley Theatre), Screech (finalist, Samuel French OOB Festival) and Tough Jews (The Unit, Toronto). His one-act play, Starfishes, is included in the 2010-2011 anthology of Best American Short Plays. He received an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School, and is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Presented as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard will be performed at Venue #10: The Kraine Theatre (85 East 4th St) on August 10 at 12:30; August 11 at 10:15; August 12 at 5:00; August 15 at 7:00; and August 24 at 4:00.  For a detailed performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.fringenyc.org or call 866.468.7619.

Every member of the production– writer, director, actors, designers– are alumni of the Actors Studio Drama School which is currently housed at Pace University.

Outside Inside is a New York City based theatre company, founded by co-artistic directors Kaitlyn Samuel, Michael Ross Albert, and Adam Levi.  Their inaugural production was Chagrin by Michael Ross Albert, which was presented in association with HUBO Productions at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. They returned to FringeNYC in 2012 with the critically acclaimed adaptation of Arch Oboler’s science-fiction melodrama, Night of the Auk. The company and its artists are dedicated to the independent production of exciting new works for the stage.

Twitter: @OutsideInsideCo

CONTACT: Robert Schorr

PHONE: (818) 427 -3206

EMAIL: 13-1916@fringenyc.org

NEWS RELEASE: Pace Performing Arts Presents “Dance Out Loud 2013”

Pace Performing Arts presents “Dance Out Loud 2013,” featuring the piece “Dance in a Straight Line” by choreographer Mandy Moore from “So You Think You Can Dance” April 26 and 27 at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

Pace Performing Arts presents “Dance Out Loud 2013”

NEW YORK – Pace Performing Arts presents “Dance Out Loud 2013,” featuring the piece “Dance in a Straight Line” by choreographer Mandy Moore from “So You Think You Can Dance” April 26 and 27 at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

The event was conceived and directed by Rhonda Miller, director of Pace Performing Arts’ BFA Commercial Dance Program, which is the first of its kind in New York City. Works by acclaimed Pace faculty will be a highlight of the evening, starring 50 Pace Commercial Dance students, including Callie Gullickson, Briana Kohn, Madison Embrey. Dance Out Loud will also feature excerpts from “Rodeo,” by Agnes DeMille and staged by Paul Sutherland, “Psalm,” by Jose Limon staged by Jonathan Riedel, and “Oh What a World,” by Cirque du Soleil choreographer Cherice Barton. These guest works have been funded by the Voice of an Angel Foundation.

WHEN: Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street (east of City Hall), New York, NY 10038. Directions: http://bit.ly/qxH0g3

TICKETS: $8 for students/seniors; $12 for adults at the door or reserve in advance on the web OVATIONTIX.COM/TRS/PR/922120

Choreographers: Cherice Barton, Agnes DeMille (staged by Paul Sutherland), Jeremy Duvall, Lauren Gaul, Jessica Hendricks, Scott Jovovich, Jose Limon (staged by Jonathan Riedel), Jen Littlefield, Rhonda Miller, Mandy Moore, Alisa Paradowski, Gregg Russell, Stephanie Torbik. Costume Design: Angela Wendt; Lighting Design: Graham Kindred.

About Performing Arts Programs at Dyson College of Arts and Science at Pace University: Undergraduate: Dyson College’s Department of Performing Arts offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Musical Theater, and Commercial Dance, the International Performance Ensemble that includes a Bachelor of Art in Acting and a Bachelor of Arts in Directing, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts in Design and Production for Theater, Television, and Film Concentration. The department presents more than 50 performances every year. In 2006, Pace became only the second school in New York City to offer a BFA in Musical Theater. 

http://www.pace.edu/performingarts.

Pace Performing Arts Commercial Dance program, the first of its kind in New York, is an exclusive blend of the highest quality of professional dance training. In this conservatory-style program, students are prepared for a career that includes stage, television, film and commercials with training by current working professionals in a variety of pertinent dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Theater Dance, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Aerial Arts. Acting, vocal studies and technical theater skills are also part of the program.

Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, also located in Dyson College, is the only MFA (Acting, Directing and Playwriting) theatre program officially sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio (co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino). All MFA students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series Inside the Actors Studio (taped at Pace’s Schimmel Theater and open to students), hosted by James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Actors Studio Drama School. www.Pace.edu/ASDS

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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Photo credit: Jenny Sharp

 

NEWS RELEASE: Live concert featuring artist-in-residence Adam Guettel accompanied by Pace University BFA Musical Theater students and alumni

The Pace University Department of Performing Arts is producing a concert of works by Adam Guettel , performed Tony award-winning composer of the musicals The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins, Myths & Hymns and accompanied by Pace Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Musical Theater students and alumni.

 

Pace University Department of Performing Arts and the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Announces ADAM GUETTEL IN CONCERT – Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Live concert featuring Adam Guettel performing his own music accompanied on stage by Pace University BFA Musical Theater students and alumni.

Directed by Amy Rogers; Music Direction by Robert Meffe, Andrew Smithson, and Joel Waggoner

“The theatre composer Adam Guettel is so overwhelmingly gifted that any news of his activities stirs the kind of fervent expectations that surround Stephen Sondheim, and before that, Leonard Bernstein.”  –The New York Times, February 20, 2013

NEW YORK, April 5 – The Pace University Department of Performing Arts is producing a concert of works by Adam Guettel , performed Tony award-winning composer  of the musicals The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins, Myths & Hymns and accompanied by Pace Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Musical Theater students and alumni. This concert is the culmination of a year-long artist-in-residency in which Guettel taught classes in musical theory, song interpretation, musical theater history and composition, as well tested material from a new project with Pace students.

Adam Guettel in Concert will be presented at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts located at 3 Spruce St. in lower Manhattan on April 30 at 8 p.m.  For reservations call Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111 or visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/922331.

Adam Guettel (Composer) Adam Guettel is a composer/lyricist living in New York City. His musical, The Light in the Piazza (cast album on Nonesuch Records, premiered on Broadway in April 2005. The musical won six 2005 Tony Awards, with two going to Guettel for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations. His songs garnered a Grammy nomination for best cast recording. The Light in the Piazza also received 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Music and Best Orchestrations for Guettel.  His other works include the Obie Award-winning Floyd Collins, Love’s Fire, and Saturn Returns. Guettel is currently working on four new musicals and an opera. Other accolades for Guettel include the Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), and the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005). Guettel is the son of composer, author and Juilliard School chairman Mary Rodgers and grandson of legendary musical theater composer Richard Rodgers.

Amy Rogers (Director) created the BFA Musical Theater degree program at Pace which began in 2002 with 6 majors and now has over 100. Rogers’ directing credits include: Full productions include Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, Elegies, Ragtime, Carousel, Wild Party (Lippa), The Most Happy Fella, Flora The Red Menace, Little Women, My Name is Alice, Urinetown, Violet, Pippin, Into The Woods, Funny Girl, and A Grand Night for Singing. Rogers has assisted critically-acclaimed director Lonny Price on the Pre-Broadway workshop of 110 in The Shade starring Audra McDonald, the Emmy Award-winning Passion for Live at Lincoln Center on PBS; Candide with the New York Philharmonic; Anyone Can Whistle at the Ravinia Festival, and both Kismet and Can-Can with Encores! at City Center.

Robert Meffe (Music Director) is the Director of Music for the BFA Musical Theater Program at Pace. Broadway: Associate Conductor of Little Women and the last six years of Les Miserables, keyboards for Evita (2012 revival), Newsies, The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens and Bombay Dreams.  National Tours: Music Director of The Phantom of the Opera, Associate Conductor of Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Violet, The Prince and the Pauper, Gutenberg! The Musical! and Lightin’ Out. TV: Earth To America (TBS), Renee Fleming-Live at Lincoln Center (PBS). Las Vegas: Associate Conductor of Avenue Q, keyboards for Mamma Mia and Hairspray. Williamstown Theatre Festival/McCarter Theater at Princeton University: Ten Cents a Dance (Associate Music Director). Yale Institute for Musical Theatre: sam i was (Music Director).

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Performing Arts Programs at Pace University: Undergraduate: Dyson’s Department of Performing Arts offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Musical Theater, and Commercial Dance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts International Performance Ensemble. The department presents over 50 performances every year. In 2006, Pace became only the second school in New York City to offer a BFA in Musical Theater.  http://www.pace.edu/performingarts.

 

Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, also located in Dyson College, is the only MFA (Acting, Directing and Playwriting) theatre program officially sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio (co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino). All MFA students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series Inside the Actors Studio (taped at Pace’s Schimmel Theater and open to students), hosted by James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Actors Studio Drama School. www.Pace.edu/ASDS

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contacts: Cara Cea, Pace Media Relations, ccea@pace.edu; 914-773-3312 or 914-906-9680; Robert Meffe, Music Director, rmeffe@pace.edu, 917-297-3897

Broadwayworld.com: Julie Taymor to Speak at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 1/28

Broadwayworld.com featured news of Oscar-winning director Julie Taymor’s upcoming visit to Pace.

Broadwayworld.com featured news of Oscar-winning director Julie Taymor’s upcoming visit to Pace.

From the article:

Julie Taymor, award-winning director widely renowned for her innovative  Broadway production of “The Lion King” and as the driving force behind  “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” will appear at Pace University’s “The Masters  Series” at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Monday at 6:00p.m. Other  celebrity participants scheduled to appear in the series include Academy  award-winning performer Liza Minnelli.
This event is part of “The Masters  Series,” a program dedicated to providing Pace performing arts students with  opportunities to meet and talk with performing arts industry icons. The  evening’s guests engage in discussions of their techniques and bodies of work,  followed by a Q&A session with Pace BFA and BA Performing Arts students.

Taymor is a director of theater, opera and film. She was the first woman to  win the Tony Award for directing a musical for “The Lion King,” in addition to a  Tony Award for Original Costume Design. She has also received the Drama Desk  Award for Outstanding Costume Design, an Emmy Award and an Academy Award  nomination for Original Song. Among Taymor’s achievements in opera is the  acclaimed “The Magic Flute” at the Met. Her film “Frida” garnered six Oscar  nominations and two Academy Awards, including one for Salma Hayek in the title  role. Taymor has also been praised for her iconoclastic film adaptations of  “Titus Andronicus” (starring Anthony Hopkins, Alan Cumming, and Jessica Lange)  and “The Tempest” (with Helen Mirren as Prospera).

Joining Taymor for this Masters Series round-table discussion will be John  Andrews, president of the Shakespeare Guild, and Cosmin Chivu, winner of the  2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project and director of the BA  International Performance Ensemble at Pace Performing Arts.

The talk will take place on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at 6:00p.m. at Pace  University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce St., New York, NY.  Directions HERE. Free  admission, open seating. Reservations: PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu.

About Performing Arts at Pace University: Pace University’s Performing Arts  Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting, Musical Theater and  Commercial Dance, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized  focuses in Acting, Commercial Dance, Directing or Design/Technical Theater. For  more information, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/performingarts.

About Pace University: For over 100 years, Pace has produced thinking  professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm  base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area.  A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County,  New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral  programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences,  College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and  Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Pace is also home to The Actors Studio Drama School with the only MFA theater  program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The curriculum is designed  jointly by the presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and  Al Pacino. Students participate in craft seminars known to the world as the  Bravo Network television series, “Inside The Actors Studio,” hosted by James  Lipton. For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa.

Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Julie-Taymor-to-Speak-at-Pace-Universitys-Michael-Schimmel-Center-for-the-Arts-128-20130125#ixzz2J66xLBRw

 

Broadway World: Sundance Film Festival to Feature Three Pace University Performing Arts Actors

Broadway World featured news about Pace Performing Arts at Sundance Film Festival.

Broadway World featured news about Pace Performing Arts at Sundance Film Festival.

From Broadway World:

This week two Pace University acting students and one professor will appear in films at the Sundance Film Festival which runs January 17 – 27. Lecturer Julie Fain Lawrence is appearing in a film that is among the 16 films chosen for the US Dramatic Competition. In all, 119 films were chosen for the festival out of 12,146 submissions.

Anna Friedman, a BFA Acting major at Pace, has a supporting role in the feature film “Milkshake,” accepted for the NEXT category of films at Sundance with a forward-thinking approach to storytelling.

In “Milkshake,” directed by David Andalman, we follow the tragic sex life of Jolie Jolson, a wannabe thug (and great-great-grandson of legendary vaudevillian Al Jolson) in suburban DC as he strives to become something he can never be – black.

Pace BFA Acting Lecturer Julie Fain Lawrence has a leading role in “Concussion” a film directed by Stacie Passon in the US Dramatic category at Sundance. Lawrence received her BA from the UCLA Department of Theatre, Film & Television, training at the British American Drama Academy, and graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In “Concussion,” a woman decides her life can’t be only about the house and the kids. She needs more. She needs an alter ego, “Eleanor.”

Also appearing at Sundance in “Interior. Leather Bar” in the New Frontier category is Pace BA Acting student Jake Robbins. Robbins has also studied at the Stella Adler Acting Studio and was recently in an award-winning short film “Teens Like Phil” among other projects. In “Interior. Leather Bar,” filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews were inspired by rumored-to-be-lost gay S&M footage from William Friedkin’s 1980 thriller “Cruising,” and explore the limits of sexual and creative freedom.

Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to an internationally-recognized nonprofit that advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute provides a space for independent artists to explore stories free from commercial and political pressures. Sundance Institute is committed to discovering and developing independent artists and provides year-round creative and financial support for the development of original stories for the screen and stage.

via Sundance Film Festival to Feature Three Pace University Performing Arts Actors.

New York Times and New Yorker: “Reflecting on War and Its Tentacles – ‘Soldier Songs’ at Pace University”

The New York premiere of “Soldier Songs” will be at the Schimmel Center this week as reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker. (Zac Ballard, left, and Christopher Burchett in “Soldier Songs” at Pace University’s Schimmel Center.)

The New York premiere of “Soldier Songs” will be at the Schimmel Center this week as reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker.

From the New York Times:

“Shock and awe” entered the mainstream vocabulary in 2003, when the term denoted the military doctrine of an overwhelming display of force that would be used in the invasion of Iraq. That the designation can have a markedly different meaning to the men and women who serve in the armed forces is a central point of “Soldier Songs,” a musical theater piece by the composer David T. Little. When the work had its New York premiere on Friday night at Pace University’s Schimmel Center for the Arts, shock and awe took on a new meaning: that of staging aesthetic.

Mr. Little completed “Soldier Songs” in 2006, basing its libretto on interviews he conducted with family members and schoolmates who served in World War II, Vietnam, the gulf wars and Afghanistan. In just under an hour the work depicts episodes from a nameless protagonist’s lifetime involvement with military conflict, from boyhood sandbox skirmishes and first-person-shooter video games to the terror of actual battle and the anguished loss that comes in its wake.

Mr. Little also alludes to mass-media saturation; a virtual-reality distancing between a soldier’s actions and their results; and jingoistic longing for military dominance. At several points he uses the actual recorded voices of veterans: notably, both female and male.

Nursed through several earlier incarnations by a loyal producer, Beth Morrison, “Soldier Songs” had its formal premiere in a staging directed by Yuval Sharon, introduced in 2011 at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven and jointly mounted in New York by Pace Presents and Prototype, the ambitious new festival Ms. Morrison helped to found.

Mr. Little’s gifts for setting text comfortably and effectively, and for writing music informed by Minimalism and rock but slavishly indebted to neither, are evident throughout the briskly paced work. But the concerns he conveys in “Soldier Songs” are seldom comfortable or pleasant, and Mr. Sharon’s production detonates them in vivid, sometimes harrowing ways.

Nearly all the action is concentrated in a patch of center stage, a sandbox with a seesaw, hidden at times by fabric walls that rise and fall. Monitors strewed around the set flash video-game images and patriotic slogans. An overhead screen and bare lighting rigs frame the stage, at one point producing blinding flashes and deafening outbursts that convey precisely shock and awe.

As the Soldier, the sole vocalist apart from isolated shouts from the instrumentalists, Christopher Burchett marched, paced and caromed around the set, producing a robust baritone, a childish falsetto and a power-mad bark by turns. As a stage presence he was fearless; stripped to his underwear for a scene of rabid battle preparation, he evoked superheroic posturing and vulnerability simultaneously.

Zac Ballard, a child actor, was a haunting foil as the Boy, serving as the Soldier’s playmate and mirror. Upstage in plain view, Todd Reynolds conducted Newspeak, Mr. Little’s instrumental ensemble, in a performance that aptly balanced precision, nuance and impact.

In program notes distributed on Friday, Mr. Little — who wrote about mixing politics and art for The New York Times — claimed that “Soldier Songs” was not meant to convey a specific point or message. Maybe so, but Mr. Sharon’s confrontational staging emphatically underscored implicit antiwar sentiments. At once seductive and repulsive, the presentation provided further evidence of Mr. Little’s fast-rising stock as a vital theatrical creator.

“Soldier Songs” is repeated Wednesday through Friday at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University; (212)352-3101, prototypefestival.org.

(A version of this review appeared in print on January 15, 2013, on page C4 of the New York edition with the headline: Reflecting on War and Its Tentacles.)

Read the New York Times Music Review.

From the New Yorker:

The knockout première of “Dog Days” at Montclair’s Peak Performances series last fall made the young composer David T. Little into American opera’s newest star. To follow up, Morrison presents the New York stage première of this earlier, one-hour work, a rock-driven, multimedia one-man opera that follows a typical U.S. warrior from infancy to old age, with songs set to a libretto fashioned from interviews Little did with veterans of five conflicts. Christopher Burchett sings it; Todd Reynolds conducts the Newspeak ensemble. (Michael Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce St. Jan. 16-18 at 7:30. For tickets and information about other festival shows, see prototypefestival.org.)