Performance history

David Scott Marley’s The Riot Grrrl on Mars was first presented on 12 July 1997 by Berkeley Opera in the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, California. The cast was as follows (in some roles, two performers alternated during the run):

The Queen of Mars (soprano) Rachel Brott & Erina Newkirk
Zulma (mezzo-soprano) Erin Neff & Isabella Zagare
The Riot Grrrl (contralto) Laura Decher & Julia Perani
Mosquito (tenor) Harvey Garn & Stephen Rumph
Professor (bass) Macatee Hollie
The King of Mars (bass) Richard Goodman
Gnip (bass) Dan Akerman

The musical director was Jonathan Khuner. The assistant musical director was Philip Kuttner. The stage director was David Scott Marley. The chorus was directed by Phil Lowery. Technical direction and lighting design were by Paul McDaniels. Set design was by Wilson Chin and Tomomi Itakura. Costume design was by Jennifer Tifft. Hair and makeup were by Lisa Garbin. The stage manager was Allison King. The theremin was built by Jeremy Knight.

The opera was revived on 19 July 2002 by Berkeley Opera in the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, California. The cast was as follows (in some roles, two performers alternated during the run):

The Queen of Mars (soprano) Sylvia Eowyn Bloom & Eileen Morris
Zulma (mezzo-soprano) Ariela Morgenstern
The Riot Grrrl (contralto) Marie Bafus & Sonia Gariaeff
Mosquito (tenor) Andrew Morgan & Stephen Rumph
Professor (bass) Martin Bell & Wayne D. Wong
The King of Mars (bass) Richard Goodman & Cliff Romig
Gnip (bass) Nicolas Aliaga
Martian guards and Earthling slaves Dennis Butzlaff, Kevin Downing,
Richard Goodman, David McFarlane,
Gerard Monsen & Lynx Quicksilver

The musical director was Jonathan Khuner. The assistant musical director and chorus director was Thomas Shoebotham. The stage director was Andrew Morgan. Lighting design was by Jon Retsky. Set design was by Cat Stevens. Costume design and makeup were by Maggie Whitaker. The production manager was Katherine Covell. The stage manager was Sarah Booth.

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