Music Theatre Residencies & Partnerships

PROTOTYPE: TRADE / Mary Motorhead

A world premiere double bill from our friends at Prototype Festival


$41.61 (inclusive of fees) and up

Jan 7, 2023 – Jan 14, 2023


Abrons Arts Center


Playhouse Theater
at Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002


PROTOTYPE: OPERA | THEATRE | NOW, the annual NYC-based festival of contemporary opera-theatre and music-theatre works, presents a world premiere double bill from the award-winning writer-and-director team behind Conversations After Sex, commissioned and developed by the acclaimed contemporary opera company Beth Morrison Projects. Irish Arts Center is proud to share these exciting productions with our audiences.

The story of a rent boy and his closeted client in working-class Dublin, both trapped within their own lives. Meeting secretly in a cheap hotel, they wrestle with their own inner demons and their need for each other. Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, star of LA Opera’s Wonderful Town and anatomy theater, portrays a family man whose world is crumbling apart, with international recording artist Kyle Bielfield as a young hustler determined to take charge of his future.

Mary Motorhead 
A convicted murderer invites us to hear her secret history—the disappointments and betrayals that shaped her life—in the hope that it may shine some light upon the darkness of her actions. Mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell stars as the woman pushed to the edge by circumstance, now finding the road back to herself. 

January 7 & 13 | 7:30pm
January 8* & 14 | 4pm
January 10-11 | 7pm

*Includes talkback

Composed by Emma O’Halloran
Libretto by Mark O’Halloran
Directed by Tom Creed
Music direction by Elaine Kelly
Featuring Naomi O'Connell, Marc Kudisch, Kyle Bielfield, and NOVUS NY

Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Irish National Opera, Trinity Church Wall Street, and Nancy & Barry Sanders. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Irish National Opera in association with Trinity Church Wall Street. Additional support provided by Virginia B. Toulmin Charitable Foundation, Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund, Inc, Elizabeth Greenberg, Culture Ireland, Charlotte Isaacs, and Irish Arts Center.


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