Guerilla Opera Literally Puts You in the MIddle of the Opera at Hubbard Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Brian Church, Partick Massey, Aliana de la Guardia, and Glorivy Arroyo in Heart of a Dog at Hubbard Hall, a Guerilla Opera production. (photo: Rudolf Rojahn)

Brian Church, Partick Massey, Aliana de la Guardia, and Glorivy Arroyo in Heart of a Dog at Hubbard Hall, a Guerilla Opera production. (photo: Rudolf Rojahn)

When the centuries old form of opera smashes headlong into contemporary theatre, this exciting hybrid experience is what you get. You aren’t a passive member of the audience, you are in the midst of the action, right there, on the carnival fairgrounds.

Hubbard Hall Opera Theater in Cambridge, New York will host the Boston-based company Guerilla Opera in an acclaimed new production of Heart of a Dog, loosely-based on the novella by Mikhail Bulgakov, music and libretto by Rudolf Rojahn, directed by Copeland Woodruff. Heart of a Dog runs Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 at 8pm, and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2pm at Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main Street Cambridge, NY 12816. (40 minutes and sung in English)

Listen to the alluring banter of a belligerent carnival barker as he navigates you through a twisted carnival sideshow where the main attraction is a unique performance by a bizarre troupe of actors. Utilizing an arsenal of bunraku puppets the troupe tells a dark tale of a scientist’s overly successful experiment of implanting human glands into the body of a stray dog. But the grandeur of the scientific achievement is overshadowed by the misery of living with the half-dog/half-woman whose varied appetites and manipulations prove disastrous for all.

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