Suzanne Vega in Residence @ EMPAC at RPI

Carson McCullers (left) and Suzanne Vega
Carson McCullers (left) and Suzanne Vega

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik and director Kay Matschullat are in residence at EMPAC at RPI in Troy this month exploring the challenges of a new a music-theater work, “Carson McCullers Sings About Love,” which combines songs with conversation.

Vega will portray McCullers, the southern author who penned such books as “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” “The Member of the Wedding” and “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe.”

Set designer Louisa Thompson and lighting designer Lenore Doxsee will also work with the director to assist in creating a piece that floats in time and moves between forms.

There will be an informal, work-in-progress showing at EMPAC at 7pm on Tuesday, January 18, which will include songs and text from the show. There will also be an opportunity for discussions with the artists. Admission is free.

“Carson McCullers Sings About Love” is slated to have its world premiere at New York City’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in April.

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