THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera has been in development for two years. THE MARCH is an uplifting new American opera project exploring the personal and political circumstances surrounding the 1963 March on Washington.
To date, Librettist Alan Marshall has personally financed over 95% of the expenses related to developing THE MARCH (over $130,000). Alan has two more scenes to write before he can hand off the completed libretto to the opera's composer.
There is a sense of urgency for this writing team because the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington is in August 2013. Alan & Jonathan would like to stage as much of the opera as possible during the 2013 - 2014 season. They can only do that if they can afford to write the rest of the opera. Your financial contribution can make that happen as well as give the project the financial support it needs to begin developing its own production to take on a nationwide tour.
Alan has two scenes remaining to write. The first is a scene between Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King in their hotel room on the evening before the march. Martin is feeling overwhelmed from the pressure he is under both inside and outside of the movement. Coretta senses this and begins to try and lift his spirits with an aria "I Believe in You." It is not long before Martin joins in to make it a heartfelt duet that provides the strength he needs to give the the greatest speech of his career on the next day.
The final scene that Alan needs to write is the last scene of the opera where the multitude has gathered at the Lincoln Memorial. This scene ends the opera.
THE MARCH needs your help so that we can honor those who march in 1963 and inspire a new generation to face the social challenges of today. Help us create the first opera about the civil rights movement so that we can share this story with America and the rest of the world.
Thank you so much!
THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera
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