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A Rock Opera Gets 'Back to the Land'
It's the time of year for audacious new musicals. Even before the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford gets going with its slate of readings of brand new musicals at the 2013 National Music Theater Conference, and even before the International Festival of Arts & Ideas kicks off with the world premiere of Stuck Elevator June 21-29 at the Long Wharf Theatre (www.artidea.org), New Britain's Hole in the Wall Theater is hosting a one-night 8 p.m. June 8 showcase of the new rock opera A Wall Street Odyssey. This is a full production, with live music and costumes, of a new self-described "multi-media rock opera inspired by Tommy, Quadrophenia, The Wall and the 'Back to the Land' movement." Samples of the songs are at http://www.epigenemusic.com, the website of the band Epigene, who created the show. "Hello," the first song begins, "My name is Yossarian. The day has come early for me again." Yes, it's the Yossarian from Joseph Heller's Catch 22, thrust into 21st century socioeconomic absurdities. Epigene is the Catskills-based progressive rock husband/wife duo of Sean Bigler and Bonnie Lykes. The band's been around for over a decade and has been working on this show for several years. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. (860) 229-3049, http://hitw.org
By Christopher Arnott
June 5, 2013