Performing Arts - Theater | May 2 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
In his masterwork Treemonisha, famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin created a story of black female empowerment that explored the aspirations of African Americans, telling the tale of an abandoned ex-slave girl who grows up to lead her community. The landmark work, written more than 100 years ago, never reached the stage during Joplins lifetime, but the Toronto-based Volcano Theatre Company is resurrecting the opera and bringing Joplins fictional African-American town in the post-Reconstruction South to vivid life in this reimagined, partially staged production. The company has enlisted Leah-Simone Bowen to create a new libretto honoring the politics of Joplins original, set to new orchestrations of the composers vibrant and eclectic score, in which he fuses classical and folk sounds with gospel and ragtime.
$42–$68 (prices subject to change)