Max Sees the Sea
Scene for baritone solo
composed for the Composer/Librettist Studio at New Dramatists, NYC
Libretto by Eugenie Chan
circa 4″ in duration
An elderly man, at the end of his life, desires to do one last thing: see the sea
Max, an elderly man, sits in the passenger seat of an old school Lincoln convertible with Joey, thirty-something, in the driver’s seat, overlooking the Pacific. They arrived after a long trip by car (2072 miles). Max confesses that this is his last wish. He struggles with the frailties of age and a failing body. The sea welcomes him and frightens him at the same time. He is grateful to Joey for the safe journey and finds himself filled with hope at the end of his days.
voice and piano
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Notes from the composer about the Composer/Librettist Studio at New Dramatists
The New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, presented in cooperation with Nautilus Music Theater, is designed to provide an opportunity for five writers and five composers to work with professional performers, exploring the possibilities and basic elements of music-theater. The studio focuses on the process of collaboration through a series of brief exploratory assignments for the writers and composers. The exercises
are then sight-read by the performers in brief working sessions. The participants rotate partners, and the process is repeated four more times.
Within the two-week period, all composers work with all writers and all performers. Toward the end of the studio, an informal reading of all the compositions is held. The studio is co-directed by dramaturge Ben Krywosz (Artistic Director of Nautilus Music-Theater) and composer/music director Roger Ames.
The studio is not intended as a developmental session for existing pieces, but concentrates more on the collaborative process, nurturing relationships and suggesting ways that writers, composers, and performers can work together. The collaborative atmosphere of the studio is relatively free from the performance pressures usually associated with the commercial musical theater or opera field.
New Dramatists has sponsored the studio annually since 1984. Over the years, Krywosz has conducted other studios around the country in such cities as Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, and Miami. All the studios have nurtured collaborative teams that have gone on to develop and produce new work.