A Star Across the Ocean by Scott Davenport Richards
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Scott Davenport Richards' Star Across the Ocean addresses the political and familial problems that interracial families faced in the mid-1960's. The story chronicles the struggles a black American theater director and his wife, a white dancer, encounter when they take their 4-year-old son to Paris for a touring production. This autobiographical music theater piece interweaves the family's experience in Paris with those of legendary expatriates such as Josephine Baker and Quincy Jones. The cast includes soprano Katherine Jolly, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle, Joaquin Delmar, baritone Sidney Outlaw, tenor Darius de Haas and lyric baritone Chuck Cooper. The libretto is by the composer.