OPUS by Michael Hollinger opens at Forge Theatre

by Patricia Bradford

On January 8, Forge Theatre in Phoenixville will open the third production of their 54th season, the drama OPUS, by Michael Hollinger.

After firing one of their founding members due to his erratic behavior, a world-class string quartet takes a chance on a gifted but inexperienced, young, female violist. The struggles leading up to the firing are interleaved with the changes brought about through the introduction of young blood into the quartet. This witty drama explores the struggle of performing artists to create something lasting, an opus.

OPUS was written in 2006 by Michael Hollinger and premiered at the Arden Theater in Philadelphia. The New York premier was at the 59E59 Theaters as part of the Primary Stages season in October, 2007. Hollinger has a Bachelor of Music in viola from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Arts in theater from Villanova, where he is currently on the faculty of the Theater Department. He has published more than a dozen plays, including Red Herring, Incorruptible, and An Empty Plate at the Café du Grand Bouef. He is quoted as saying, “Plays are music to me; characters are instruments, scenes are movements; tempo, rhythm and dynamics are critical; and melody and counterpoint are always set in relief by rests—beats, pauses, the spaces in between.”

Directed by Aaron Gould (Phoenixvile) Forge’s production of OPUS stars Meghan Chambers (Audubon), Jim Ludovici (Media), Clem Mirto (Fleetwood), Patrick Murphy (Media), and Eric Rupp (Phoenixville). Performances are on January 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM, and Sunday performances are at 2 PM.

Forge Theatre is located at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville. Following Opus, the season will conclude with productions of Four Weddings and an Elvis, by Nancy Frick, opening in February; Harvey, by Mary Chase, opening in April; and Oliver!, by Lionel Bart, opening in June.

For tickets or more information, visit our website at www.forgetheatre.org, or call our reservation line at (610) 935-1920.

Theater/Organization Forge Theatre
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.forgetheatre.org

Theater/Organization Address: 241 First Avenue Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (610) 935-9951

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