For Immediate Release – PITTSBURGH
Squonk Opera’s Mayhem and Majesty will be dazzling Pittsburgh theatergoers, before the Squonk team gets in an Empire state of mind for a 3-week Off-Broadway run this winter. The show has played in 12 cities since its Pittsburgh premiere in 2010, wowing audiences around the country with its daring musical athleticism and visual exploits. Squonk is thrilled to be joined in their ruckus by vocalist Anna Elder, who has rocked their GO Roadshow across the country for the past year, and has already caused Mayhem out of town where critics said hers was “a voice that switched between ethereal, angelic tones and belting, raw power.”
The Mayhem AND the Majesty will be taking place during four performances at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side. Get your friends together and come out to support Squonk and help them get ready to step it up in New York City.
These special performances are generously supported by: the Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation, Grable Foundation, Allegheny Regional Asset District, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Heinz Endowments.
Performances will be on Friday, September 27 at 8 pm, Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm & 8 pm (with pre-show party at 6 pm) and Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm.
Tickets are $20 in advance for general admission; $10 for students, seniors and kids; and $25 at the door for adults.
A pre-show reception will be hosted on Saturday September 28th where the Squonkers will accept advice about how to behave on a subway, and diet and headwear tips for Manhattan. They had some problems last time. Food and drink and a sneak peek backstage tour included. Tickets are $50 and include admission to the 8 pm show that night.
For tickets to all events, go to…www.showclix.com/search – squonk opera
What the Critics are saying about Mayhem and Majesty…
“a tsunami of sound and light…a hypnotic celebration of musical sound and what that sound does to the soul.” – Pittsburgh Magazine
“…if you want to have your mind briefly blown by an outstanding, innovative, music-like-you’ve-never-seen-or-heard-it-before group, visit Squonk Opera.” – Indianapolis Business Journal
“a musical experience that’s colorful, chaotic, spiky, elegant, sensuous and surreal” – Tribune-Review
“Squonk Opera crafts audio-visual delights in an innovative theater experience…a symphony of the senses.” – The Gazette
“a score that ranges from haunting lullaby to overwhelming cacophony” – City Paper
“transporting the audience to a psychedelic world where listeners could see what music looks like…a show that had no boundaries or limits” – The Daily Gamecock, University of SC
For Mayhem and Majesty videos, photos and more… www.squonkopera.org/shows/current-shows/mayhem-and-majesty/
For downloadable photos, go to… www.squonkopera.org/media/
…and click on Publicity Photos under the Mayhem and Majesty heading.
About Squonk Opera:
Squonk Opera’s first show was performed in a Pittsburgh junkyard, with choreographed cranes and roaring earthmovers and screaming machine shears over 20 years ago. An ensemble of musicians, artists, and technicians led by artist Steve O’Hearn and composer Jackie Dempsey, the group creates post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging and has played on 3 continents and 28 states. The New York Times called them “ingenious, hallucinatory, hypnotic” and the Washington Post described them as “Debussy meets Godzilla,” although they suspect that last one may have been an insult. Squonkwork is fast, funny, shameless and inclusive: an art that includes the thrills of a monster truck show, as well as the fragile beauty of art.