The micro opera From the Field presents three brief glimpses into specific moments in American history in which our government chose to contradict environmental research it commissioned for financial and/or political gain: Dorothea Lange’s Farm Security Administration photographs of rural poverty during the Great Depression; John Wesley Powell’s 19th-century warning about water usage in the American West; and Nobel Laureate Steve Running’s current research on climate change.
Drawing on Lange's original photos, hand-written field notes, and US goverment documents, Lucia's projections condense Lange's experiences From the Field while producing a raw backdrop to Stark's politically charged micro-opera.
Nikki Einfeld, Dorothea Lange
Anna Presler, violin
Leighton Fong, viola
Jenalie Auth, costume designer
Allen Willner, lighting designer
Andrew Lucia, projections
Elisabeth Reeves, stage manager
Christopher Stark, composer
Megan Stark, libretto
Andrew Lucia, projection design
Commissioned and Performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.