The Astronaut's Tale
Launching January 28-31, 2016
Directed by Nancy Rhodes and Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
At BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Breathtaking images of the galaxies and outer space ignite a modern tale of a young boy’s fascination
with the cosmos and his dream of flying to Mars. His adventure is guided by a mysterious
stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to become an astronaut.
Romance and a compelling drive to succeed catapult his blast off into space, transforming his life.
Stunning projections, an exciting percussive score, and gorgeous vocal music give us a luminous
glimpse of a multi-dimensional universe and the majesty of outer space.
Join us for a soul-stirring, musical experience!

Featuring engaging post-performance talkbacks with the cast and
guest astronomers from the Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach!

Five performances only!
Thursday, January 28 at 8 pm
Friday, January 29 at 8 pm
Saturday, January 30 at 3 pm (Matinee)
Saturday, January 30 at 8 pm
Sunday, January 31 at 3 pm (Matinee)



Frank Basile, Lianne Gennaco, Eapen Leubner, Christopher Vettel

Nicholas DeMaison and Nancy Rhodes


Sets by Stephen H. Carmody     Projections by Lianne Arnold
Costumes by Angela Huff         Lighting by Sarah Johnston


Tickets on sale NOW! Purchase tickets here.
Listen to our radio interview about The Astronaut’s Tale with FQXI here.


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women’s wisdom, and environmental science through soul-stirring films and inspiring musical performances.

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has generously awarded
Encompass New Opera Theatre a coveted Access to Artistic Excellence grant for The Theory of Everything.

Encompass New Opera Theatre's programs are made possible by
the New York State Council on
the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and
the New York State Legislature.

Teeple Family Charitable Fund

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