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Just when you lose all faith in humanity, someone hits a new low.

Angel’s Bone, the Pulitzer Prize-winning new opera by Du Yun, is an allegory of human trafficking in modern times. Two fallen angels are battered and bruised from their long journey to earth. They are found by a man and wife who nurse them back to health, only to exploit them for profit and personal use. The eclectic and lyrical score uses a variety of musical genres in this profound and haunting new opera, the latest production in our multi-season collaboration with the groundbreaking Beth Morrison Projects.

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  • Friday May 01, 2020 08:00 PM
  • Sunday May 03, 2020 02:00 PM

Performances take place at The Broad Stage (1310 11th Street, Santa Monica CA 90401)

Please note: This production includes scenes of violence and adult content.

Originally commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia. Completion co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Angel’s Bone premiered at PROTOTYPE 2016 and was produced in association with Trinity Wall Street


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Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. They are found battered and bruised from their long journey by a man and his wife.

The married couple is in the midst of a financial crisis, they seem to have grown far apart from one another in this marriage. The unspoken aggression between them is palpable. Nevertheless, when they find the fallen cherubs in their garden, Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health.

They bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails… then lock them in a room, leaving them a claw-foot bathtub for a shared bed. They then decide to exploit the magical beings, clipping their wings and forcing them into prostitution to earn back their plucked feathers.

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