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Wicker Park, In Caricature is a piece that took me a while to get started. I had done a bunch of research on the area, but nothing was jumping out to me. I was stumped. Whenever I write something, I am inspired by unusual quirks, original stories, or humorous humanity. So I went back to what I knew and began writing about the people that I would see around Wicker Park. I wanted to capture the movement of the area. Everyone is always out and about, going about their day, simply trying to survive. The cello brings the hustle and bustle, while the tenor observes each unique individual’s day to day. I love to sit and people watch, imagining who they are, where they are going, or where they have been. This piece is a little glimpse into that.


Artistic Team

Concept/Commissioning/Music Direction
Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, & the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Chicago Fringe Opera is an Opera America Partner.