Opal Opus: Journey to Alakazoo

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2010 “AUDIENCE PICK OF THE FRINGE” WRITERS BRING OPAL OPUS: JOURNEY TO ALAKAZOO TO 2011 FRINGE

Cincinnati, OH – 25 May 2011 — The Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective (TLTC) makes their second Fringe Festival appearance with local playwright team, Serenity Fisher and Robin O’Neal Kissel, who debuted their first collaborative effort, Sophie’s Dream, winning “Audience Pick of the Fringe” in 2010. They describe Opal Opus: Journey to Alakazoo as a “quirky Pop’ra” with original music composed and arranged by Serenity Fisher. Music is sung and accompanied by piano and cello. Piano played by Serenity Fisher, cello by Jennifer Higgins Wheatley. Against a backdrop of haunting melodies, Opal Opus musically navigates the dark, whimsical, romantic, eccentric, creative processes of the soul. Cheryl Maxine Couch of CC Creative Productions directs.

Performances are June 1 at 9 p.m., June 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 6 at 8 p.m., June 9 at 9 p.m., and June 11 at 4:00 p.m. at Hanke 2, 1128 Main Street, in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Single tickets are $12 and can be purchased at http://www.cincyfringe.com or by calling (513) 300- KNOW (5669).

There are seven performers on the Journey to Alakazoo. A family of four: John, Joline, Joey Jo and Josephine. The “J” family is disconnected on multiple levels: Husband from wife, parents from children, all from his/her own creative spark. Opal and Opus play the opulent twins that make up the Play. Opal represents feminine and Opus masculine energy. Together, they hold the natural beauty and song-story that releases the purest form of creative flow. They can activate even the worriest warrior to un-stick their stuck, realize their passion and channel chaos into creation – the gift of being truly alive. The cast is rounded out by the Writer who candidly reveals her own creative process. The Opal Opus cast includes Aretta Baumgartner, Blake Bowden, Annie Kalahurka, Ken Early, Callie Schuttera, John Patrick Maddock, and Serenity Fisher.

Opal Opus: Journey to Alakazoo is produced by TLTC. In its sophomore production, TLTC continues to create original, socially conscious work through the exploration of overlapping artistic mediums.

The Writer – Serenity Fisher
John – Blake Bowden
Joline – Aretta Baumgartner
Joey Jo – John Patrick Maddock
Josephine – Callie Schuttera
Opal – Annie Kalahurka
Opus – Ken Early

Cello by Jennifer Higgins Wheatley

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