Why Petite Opera's #metoo Don Giovanni can make a difference

Despicable and Applicable, Donny G has always been around

Don Juan premiered as a fictional/legendary character in 1630, and Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni premiered in 1787. Then, it was appalling, but accepted, that noblemen—men of power and influence—exerted their power over women, those less affluent, or more helpless. Unfortunately, those behaviors never seem to go out of style. We still see it today, and most tend to turn a blind eye, or toss it off as “just part of the life”.
Tarana Burke started the “Me Too movement” as a way to raise awareness and intolerance of sexual violence and give the victims a voice. Hollywood actresses used it as a platform to speak out against the casting couch and perpetual abusers like Harvey Weinstein and former “America’s dad” and Jello spokesman Bill Cosby.
This is a social justice issue, and people are starting to take note. In fact, in 2017, the “Silence Breakers” were even given the “Person of the Year” award from Time Magazine.

Preying on others, abusing power, sexual misconduct and violence must stop. But it will only become a priority when we all make it so.

Don Giovanni was an opera we always wanted to produce, and its timely perspectives on the present #metoo movement is something that hits us all right between the eyes. People always say “times have changed”, but have they? In reality, the Don Juan story plays itself out in real life over and over again — 200 years ago, and today.

Why have we romanticized the Don Juan legend for so long? Even in the original literature, he isn’t some charismatic, sexually magnetic suave male from the cover of a romance novel, but a narcissistic sexual predator. We enable him by remaining silent.

Dimitri German portrays
"Donny G" in Petite Opera's
Production of Don Giovanni
The #metoo movement has really raised its hand, pointed its collective finger, and said “enough!”. We put that power in the hands of our characters in Don Giovanni to turn the tides of our times, and give victims their voices through music.

As artists, we must not only master our art, but change the world. As artists, we have a responsibility to be a mirror, reflecting back the social issues of our society so we can help the world heal, and make it a better place. 

Let’s get there together.

--Susan Baushke, Executive Director 
--Cathy Dunn, Stage Director

Buy tickets online to Petite Opera's #metoo Don Giovanni at www.petiteopera.tix.com
or call 847.553.4442 to reserve them for pickup and payment at Will Call.
To better understand the #metoo movement, check out these amazing timelines compiled by The Chicago Tribune:

PetiteOpera's #DonGiovanni fights off his #metoo accusers through Nov 18

See what patrons are buzzing about.

Learn what is happening in these photos by attending one of the three remaining performances:
Friday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 18, 4:00 PM

MaryWilson House Beyer Auditorium
306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068



Why Petite Opera's Despicable #metoo Don Giovanni is So Applicable

"Don Giovanni is much more despicable and evil in this version", which makes him more relevant

In this patron review, Petite Opera's modernized #metoo version of Don Giovanni" gets a thumbs up. "Don Giovanni, in this version, is despicable and evil" and so, very applicable to current events. Set on a Hollywood film lot, with modern takes on the characters, this update shows how scary it is that times haven't changed since Mozart's day, yet the characters’ reactions are so relevant for today’s audiences. The opera opened Nov 3, and runs through November 18. 

Only 4 performances left!

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 PM
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 PM

Tickets: www.petiteopera.tix.com.

Meet Otto Gruselig from the #metoo Don Giovanni by Petite Opera

Meet film star agent, Otto Gruselig

Meet Otto - The Hollywood film agent (and modern day version of Don Ottavio) from Petite Opera's #metoo Don Giovanni. Learn why he is much creepier than Mozart and DaPonte's original character, and is potentially more dangerous than Don Giovanni. See this insightful look into the original romantic character turned "romantic wannabe" that is so relevant today.

Featured: Nathan Oakes as Otto (right), and his co-stars, Lani Stait (far left) and Megan Rose Hendrickson (center), who portray Anna Pritchard.

The production opened November 3 and runs through November 18.

For ticket credit card orders: www.petiteopera.tix.org.
To reserve and pay cash or check at the Box office on show date, call 847.553.4442.

Meet Donny G from the #metoo Don Giovanni by Petite Opera

Meet Donny G - The man everyone loves to hate Don Giovanni -- or "Donny G" as he likes to be called in the modern world -- is the man everyone loves to hate. See this insightful look into the character featuring Wesly Anthony Clerge, who portrays the lead character in Petite Opera's new #metoo version of Mozart's "Don Giovanni".
Featured:  Wesly Anthony Clerge at Donny G (Don Giovanni) and Kate Sikora as Ellie Crystal (Donna Elvira).

The production opened November 3 and runs through November 18.

For ticket credit card orders: www.petiteopera.tix.org.
To reserve and pay cash or check at the Box office on show date, call 847.553.4442.

Patrons Say #MeToo to Petite Opera "Don Giovanni"

Hear why patrons believe Petite Opera's  modernized #metoo version of Don Giovanni embodies the #metoo movement and reflects the current times. Production clips included. Only six performances left:
Friday, November 9 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 PM
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 PM
Don't miss it!
Tickets: www.petiteopera.tix.com

Meet the Cast of Petite Opera #MeToo Don Giovanni

Meet the Cast That Brings the Story to Life

The Film Producer, the Lawyer-Fixer, the young starlet, her agent, the waning starlet/estranged wife, the young makeup artist and her fiance the cameraman, and the film lot security guard. Each tells their story and modern day Hollywood.

      Donny G (Don Giovanni) - The film producer. 
Entitled, narcissistic, abuser of power, sexual predator.
Takes what he wants and doesn't feel badly about it. 
Dimitri German
  November 3, 10, 11, 17
Wesly Anthony Clerge
November 4, 9, 16, 18

          Leo Porello (Leporello) - The film producer's lawyer/fixer.
Initially in it for the money, and gets off on being the "wing man".
Enables the abuser, but starts to gain a conscience.

Ivo Suarez
November 3, 9, 10, 17
Artega Wright
November 4, 11, 16, 18

    Anna Pritchard (Donna Anna) - the young starlet.
Doesn't see herself being involved in the #metoo movement, until she is dragged into it through personal circumstance. Finds the courage to get justice.

Megan Rose Hendrickson
November 3, 11, 16, 17
Lani Stait
November 4, 9, 10, 18

Otto Gruselig (Don Ottavio) -  the young starlet's agent and wannabe lover.
Convinced he is #NotAllMen, but is obsessed with Anna and gaining her love.

Nathan Oakes
November 3, 11, 16, 17
Max Hosmer
November 4, 9, 10, 18

   Ellie Crystal (Donna Elvira) - the waning starlet and Donny G's estranged wife.
Knows Donny G plays around, but learns just how much. Classic victim, keeps returning to Donny because she is convinced he loves her and can change.
Kelsea Webb
November 3, 9, 11, 17
Kate Sikora
November 4, 10, 16, 18

Masetto "Masey" Convinto, the camera man. Engaged to ZZ, is impacted when Donny G's puts the make on his fiancee.

Zerlina "ZZ" Wilderthe makeup artist, dreams of being a film star. She knows the realities of the casting couch. When Donny G offers to "help her", she seriously considers. However, she, too, gets pulled, unwillingly, into the role of victim and seeks justice.
Samuel Cotten
November 3, 9, 10, 17
Morgan Whitney
November 3, 9, 10, 17

Liana Gineitis
November 4, 11, 16, 18
Brandon Sokol
November 4, 11, 16, 18

 Connor DaTore (Il Commendatore) - the film lot security guard and Anna's protector. A witness to Anna's attack, Connor becomes a victim and casualty of Donny G, but gets his revenge nonetheless.
Lakotah Terrace
November 3-18

Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 PM:  November 9, 10, 16, 17
Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM: November 11, 18
www.petiteopera.tix.com for credit card orders
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