IMMIGRATION AND MOB JUSTICE IN AMERICA
VENUE, CASTING, & ORCHESTRATION
Principal Roles (9 Singers)
DAVID HENNESSY (Lyric Baritone) – New Orleans Chief of Police. Assasinated October 16, 1890.
MARGARET HENNESSY (Dramatic Soprano) – David Hennessy’s widowed mother.
EMMANUELLE POLIZZI (High Lyric Tenor) – a Sicilian immigrant in New Orleans, one of many accused for the murder of Hennessy.
IANIA ROMA (Lyric Soprano) – A Sicilian immigrant in New Orleans. Polizzi’s wife.
MAMA ROMA (Mezzo-soprano) – Iania’s mother; the family’s matriarch.
ZIA FRANCESCA (Zwischenfach) – Iania’s maternal aunt.
CATARINA ROMA (Coloratura Soprano) – Iania’s younger sister.
BILL O’CONNOR (Character Tenor) – Representative of “Law,” a superintendent of a private detective force employed by the ruling classes of the city.
WILLIAM PARKERSON (Bass-Baritone) – Representative of “Order.” Wealthy and influential New Orleanian.
SATB Chorus (off- and on-stage, and/or pre-records)
Sicilian Immigrants, police officers, residents of New Orleans, and the “Council of Fifty,” - A citizen’s committee tasked with collecting evidence and information pertaining to the assassination of the Chief. Some chorus members can may double as supernumeraries, as appropriate.
The principal roles can be cast separately, or from within an SATB ensemble. The chorus can operate in the Greek tradition as a quartet, as a large ensemble in the grand sense, be completely pre-recorded, or be employed in any combination as space and necessity allows.
Flexible orchestrations options
"New Orleans Traditional" (clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar/banjo, piano, contrabass, vibes and trap kit)
Chamber orchestra 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124, git/bjo, pno/kbd, vibes, traps, string quintet
Full pit orchestration 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52, git/bjo, pno/kbd, vibes, traps, str.)