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Published on Jun 11, 2012
Excerpt from a live performance March 27, 2012 by the Center for Contemporary Opera at the Flea Theater, New York, New York, directed by Eugenia Arsenis, with John Tiranno as Chrono the Human Time Machine. The Human Zoo is an opera-in-progress written and composed by Mark N. Grant. It is about a group of human oddities in 1840s New York City who are in fact not real human oddities but who are exhibited as if they were. The Human Zoo is the brainchild of two rival museum owners whose reputations were ruined by P. T. Barnum. Soon enough their Human Zoo outdraws Barnum's Museum. The public is mesmerized by the trompe l'oeil of the Human Zoo. It is impossible to tell if its human oddities are real freaks or actors. But as the opera develops, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the Human Zoo characters are imprisoned, or are performing of their own free will, or even if they are real or imaginary.
For further information about this project, contact HumanZooOpera@aol.com.