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Digital Shorts: The West is a Land of Infinite Beginnings

Posted on: January 12, 2021

Premiering January 15 at 11:00 am PT and streaming through January 29

A haunting pursuit, a horrifying specter, and ghostly visions-- and it's only our second Digital Short.

Composer Missy Mazzoli and director James Darrah's exquisitely beautiful (yet deeply unsettling) piece, The West is a Land of Infinite Beginnings, premieres January 15th at 11:00 am PT.  

This work reimagines a chilling scene from the 2018 opera Proving Up, by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, that told the story of a 19th-century farming family striving to "prove up" by fulfilling the tough requirements of the Homestead Act to earn the deed to their land.

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James Darrah directs this haunting rumination, set to Missy Mazzoli's eerily airy score, on the uncertainty of the American Dream as a young man races to escape the wrath of a ghoulish Sodbuster and the spirits of his deceased sisters. 

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