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Plastic Flowers – NY – March 12 & 13th, 2017

First time staged in New York!


At: The Slipper Room NYC

167 Orchard St, New York, New York 10002

Start time: 8pm
Run time: one hour plus intermission
There will be an artist talk following the show.



The International Brazilian Opera, as proud partners of #HeForShe#ArtsWeekNYC, will be presenting “Plastic Flowers” in support of the advancement of gender equality through the power of the arts. A percentage of profits will go to UN Women. Join Us!

Plastic Flowers is about broken hearts in a fabricated universe. We all want love and affection. Virtual reality and promises of instant connection are bound to fall into frustration, for the very nature of the experience. They can be made of paper, or silk, perfectly beautiful in Japanese ornaments, or gathering dust in shelves of Dollar Stores. They are all Plastic Flowers, artificial paradises.

“I love Penelope: searching for permanence in a world of disposable relationships and fugitive desires, seduced by simulacra, she holds on fiercely to the possibility of making something real of her life. Joao MacDowell’s music is a fitting accompaniment to her quest; its elusive harmonies, ambiguous tonalities and blurring of generic lines suggest a self taking shape, a woman owning up to her powers of self-invention. Abby Powell brings Penelope to life with passion, color and wisdom.”

– Anita Mercier, Liberal Arts Faculty, The Juilliard School – January 2013



Music and Libretto by João MacDowell

Starring Abby Powell as Penelope
Featuring Nelly Rocha on cello and The Virtual Plastic Orchestra
Direction by Jonathan Arak
Projection Art by Cila MacDowell
Soundscapes by Luigi Porto



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