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Asah Productions - A Nicole Brooks Vision

Obeah Opera

A hypnotizingly rhythmic a capella retelling of the Salem witch trials, from the perspective of the Caribbean slave women who experienced it.

June 13 - 22, 2019

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Obeah Opera is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, spirit-lifting, musical sensation. Steeped in Black music and sung entirely a cappella by a powerful all-female cast, Obeah Opera tells the story of the legendary Salem witch trials from the spellbinding perspective of the first woman accused, the young Caribbean slave Tituba. 

[Obeah Opera] powerfully delivers a score that mixes calypso, spiritual and gospel with blues and jazz.”
— The Globe and Mail

In February 1692 the people of Salem, Massachusetts fell into a mass hysteria and paranoid state, which resulted in a massive witch hunt. Hundreds of people were arrested and tried for witchcraft, and over the course of a year 14 women, 5 men, and 2 dogs were executed for their supposed crimes. Although many operas, films, plays, and novels have been written about the event (most notably Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible), Tituba’s own story has never been told. Obeah Opera is a musical odyssey that offers a new take on the witch trials, slavery, and the operatic form itself. 

The cast of 20 serves as both orchestra and vocal leads, as Obeah Opera redefines the traditional opera form away from its European roots, using an array of Black musical genres including spirituals, jazz, ska, Calypso, and traditional African and Caribbean folk. With an inter-disciplinary approach that incorporates musical theatre, opera, dance and Caribbean costumes, Obeah Opera is “an inspiring work. Uplifting, original, as athletic as it is musical, one can’t help but get swept up in the show’s infectious, refreshing spirit. A must see.” (Grammy Award-winner, Dan Hill)

​Lead images feature: Aisha Nicholson, Arinea Hermans, Shiata Lewis, Teisha Smith-Gutherie, Nickeshia Garric, Nicole Brooks, Miranda Liverpool, Shelly Ann McLeod. Photo by Osato Erebor.

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Obeah Opera is a Nicole Brooks Vision commissioned by Luminato. 
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Asah Productions - A Nicole Brooks Vision

Obeah Opera

A hypnotizingly rhythmic a capella retelling of the Salem witch trials, from the perspective of the Caribbean slave women who experienced it.

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Performance: Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Performance: Friday, June 14, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Performance: Saturday, June 15, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Performance: Sunday, June 16, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:20 PM
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Performance: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Performance: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Performance: Thursday, June 20, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Performance: Friday, June 21, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Performance: Saturday, June 22, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:20 PM
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Reviews

“The cast of Nicole Brooks’ Obeah Opera 2019, hand slapped, foot stomped, danced and sang acapella with such passion that the audience almost believed they were peeking back in time to the Salem Massachusetts Witch Trials of 1692. ”
– Stephen Weir

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Creative Team

CONCEIVED, WRITTEN & COMPOSED BY
Nicole Brooks

DIRECTOR
Lezlie Wade

CO-DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Anthony "Prime" Guerra
 


MUSIC DIRECTOR
Melanie DeMore

LIGHTING DESIGN
Bonnie Beecher

 

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN
Robin Fisher

DRAMATURG
Djanet Sears