Calling is an opera that recounts the up-close experience of one downtown Manhattan family on September 11, 2001, and the month immediately following. Blending drama, music, and choreography, the opera captures the reactions and reflections of one family witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center at close range, and the path they take to move from chaos to recovery and hope.
Calling was performed fifteen times from September 10 to 28, 2008, at the La Mama Experimental Theater in New York City. The creative team consisted of Douglas Geers, composer; Wickham Boyle, librettist/director; Edissa Weeks, choreographer; Burke Brown, light design; Hiroya Miura, conductor; Carl Bettendorf, associate conductor; Singers: Nicole Tori, Roland Burks, Nique Haggerty; Madison Pappas; Gretchen Garvin; Cecilia Gault; Jonah Goldfarb; Daria Parada; James Rollins; Troy Valjean Rucker; Kamala Sankaram. Musicians: Maja Cerar; Shiau-uen Ding, Jay Hassler; William Martina; Chihiro Shibayama. Hattie Elliot, director of development; Dominque Stone, director's assistant.