Illegal Alien, A One Act Opera (Hunter´s Scene rehearsal Act one)





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Published on Sep 12, 2010

Joshua Bavaro- Conductor
Mercedes Enciso - Piano
Dorian Balis- Minuteman one
Marcos Carrero- Minuteman two (Shorty)
Wally Gunn- Minuteman three
Domenica Fossati- Flute/Piccolo
Alto Sax- Antoni Cotanda
Brian Questa- Double Bass
Percussionist- Joseph Kelly

Three hunters overlook the Arizona desert, simmering with rage over what they see as an invasion of illegal aliens. In the desert heat, their gaze shifts from deer to a band of migrants and their banter turns more sinister when John opens fire. In the company of his comrades, John coldly leaves without doubting that his shots have defended their homeland.
Returning home, we see that John is also a loving husband to his pregnant wife, Pumpkin. Though she is a second-generation Mexican-American, John is incensed at any suggestion that she is not American. They may share the dream of raising their boy together on their ranch but they do not speak about their interactions with the people that quietly pass through it. Everyday Pumpkin secretly sets out water bottles to help the migrants survive the sweltering heat. John patrols the border as a Minuteman, stirred by memories of his father's patriotism.
As the three friends roast a deer and practice shooting, Shorty's inability to hit the target conjures a troubling insecurity. When John's impassioned complaints at the immigration office only yield the stale, bureaucratic response that nothing more can be done, his frustration mounts. At Thanksgiving dinner opinion splits between compassion and xenophobia.
In the midst of a storm, Shorty takes a stand and shoots a migrant trespassing through John's property. Yet the two are horrified to discover that it was Pumpkin that has been shot.

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