Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department Alum Directs Chicago Premiere of Opera About Woman’s Escape from Polygamous Sect

Rose Freeman

Rose Freeman

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Rose Freeman ’07, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program, is directing the Chicago premiere of Dark Sisters, an opera by composer Nico Muhly and librettist Stephen Karam. The production, presented by the Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, runs October 21-November 6 at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, Chicago.

Inspired by media attention surrounding raids on Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints compounds, Dark Sisters tells the story of a woman embarking on the perilous journey of escaping the FLDS. Leaving the faith also means abandoning her family–including her husband, who believes himself to be a Prophet of God, and her sister wives. She longs to discover herself away from the church, where polygamy is holy and personal identity is forbidden. Can Eliza find herself and sacrifice her connections to her family and children along the way? Can she reconcile her own revelations with those she was raised to believe are the one true way to salvation? Dark Sisters asks the question, “What constitutes religious expression in America?”

Third Eye Theatre Ensemble specializes in presenting opera in an intimate theatrical format. Last year, Freeman directed the company’s midwest premiere of Sumeida’s Song, by Arab-American composer Mohammed Faroud.

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