The Astronaut’s Tale

Launched January 28-31, 2016
for 5 Performances
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 man'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.

Photo by Monica Simoes Photo by Monica Simoes
Photo by Leon Tran Photo by Leon Tran
Photo by Leon Tran Photo by Leon Tran
Photo by Leon Tran Photo by Leon Tran
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... piquant score ... by composer Charles Fussell....
The imaginative use of percussion evoked faraway galaxies... effectively directed by Nancy Rhodes.”

                                                                                                 - VIVIEN SCHWEITZER, The New York Times

Click here to read the full article

Encompass New Opera Theatre honored MICHAEL J. MASSIMINO, former NASA Astronaut, current Engineering Professor at Columbia University and Senior Adviser for Space Programs at Intrepid Museum, as Leader in Space Advancement on Opening Night, January 28th



Featuring engaging post-performance talkbacks with
the cast and guest astronomers from Columbia University!
  • Zephyr Penoyre, doctoral student, January 29th

  • Joe Patterson, Astronomy Professor, January 30th evening, on "How Astronomical careers are born and how astronomical fascination is born."

  • David Helfand, Chair of Department of Astronomy, January 31st on “We Are Made of Star Stuff”

Thurs - Sat, Jan 28-30, 2016 at 8pm

Sat & Sun, Jan 30-31, 2016 at 3pm


Eapen Leubner, Lianne Gennaco, Frank Basile, Christopher Vettel

Nicholas DeMaison and Nancy Rhodes


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

Listen to our radio interview about The Astronaut’s Tale with FQXI here.