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Iron & Coal


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January 10 and 11, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice | 524 West 59th Street | New York, NY
Presented by PROTOTYPE Festival and Beth Morrison Projects
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A searing rock-opera, Iron & Coal zeros in on the relationship between a father and son in the shadow of the Holocaust. Taking inspiration from his father, an Auschwitz survivor, composer Jeremy Schonfeld weaves together his personal experiences with excerpts from his father’s memoir Absence of Closure. The ghosts of a vanished world mix with the present — brought to life through animation, an electrified chamber ensemble, and multigenerational choruses — to celebrate the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.

Composer and Creator: Jeremy Schonfeld
Director: Kevin Newbury
Music Director and Arranger: David Bloom
Featuring: Contemporaneous, MasterVoices, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Cast: Jeremy Schonfeld, Rinde Eckert, Lincoln Clauss
Sound Designer: Tyler Kieffer
Choreographer: Natalie Lomonte
Lighting Designer: Japhy Weideman
Animations Designer: Thomas Seltzer
Projection Designer: S. Katy Tucker
Costume Designer: Paul Carrey

Runtime: 90 minutes without intermission