Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (2005)


Inspired by the bizarre, fantastical, and often gory legends surrounding the martyrdom of eleven early Christian virgin saints, Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins consists of short solos for eleven women of differing ages and ethnicities plagued by a chorus of five men set to music ranging from extant 12th century songs to newly commissioned original music by composer Peter Kirn for voice and an array of new and period instruments. The work, with costumes by Michael Oberle and Christopher Williams and puppets by Matthew Acheson & Christopher Williams, premièred as part of the New Stuff Series at P.S. 122 from May 12th-15th, 2005. The Blanket commissioned the remounting of excerpts from the work, which were premièred at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh from October 26th-28th, 2018.


*This video is an excerpt from the complete work.

*This video is an excerpt from the complete work.

*This video is an excerpt from the complete work.


Original Cast:
 

SAINT AGATHA: 
Kindra Windish

SAINT AGNES: 
Vicky Shick
(with Deana Acheson)

SAINT BARBARA: 
Nami Yamamoto
(with Clay Drinko, Andrei Garzón, Aaron Mattocks, Rommel Salveron, & Arturo Vidich)

SAINT BRIGID: 
Beth Simons

SAINT CHRISTINA OF TYRE:
Hallie Glickman-Hoch
(with Aaron Mattocks, Clay Drinko, & Arturo Vidich)

SAINT CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA: 
Wendy Perron
(with Clay Drinko, Andrei Garzón, Aaron Mattocks, Rommel Salveron, & Arturo Vidich)

SAINT BEGA: 
Deana Acheson

SAINT LUCY: 
Janet Charleston 
(with Clay Drinko, Andrei Garzón, Aaron Mattocks, Rommel Salveron, & Arturo Vidich)

SAINT MARGARET OF ANTIOCH: 
Jennifer Lafferty
(with Christopher Williams)

SAINT WILGEFORTIS: 
Elizabeth Zimmer

SAINT URSULA: 
Derry Swan

Chamber Ensemble:
Soprano: Jacqueline Horner
Alto/Recorders/Conch Shell: Susan Hellauer
Treble & Bass Viol da Gamba: Laurence Pangaro

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