WISHES, LIES, AND DREAMS (2013)
soprano and pierrot ensemble (35')
texts created by elementary schoolers
in collaboration with 826 Valencia
Wishes, Lies, and Dreams (taken from the seminal book on children's poetry by Kenneth Koch) is a monodrama in five scenes with original texts composed by elementary schoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Working closely with musicians Amy Foote, Annie Phillips and Justin Lee, we developed a libretto-writing workshop for students hosted by the children's writing organization
826 Valencia. Their libretti - ranging from dreams about pickle-beards to a sloth with a basil fetish - were woven together to form the structure of the piece.
A collage of excerpts can be found here.