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South Shore Opera Company

Steven M. Allen's "lush" and "ravishing" chamber opera THE POET is an excerpt from his larger work LYRICS OF SUNSHINE AND SHADOWS, based on the lives and love of poets Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore, the first African-American elite couple, as they struggle to pursue their ambitions within the context of post-slavery America.  

 Photos by Spencer Bibbs

                Conductor    Leslie B. Dunner

      Costume Design    Janice Pytel

 Set/Lighting Design   Ted Nazarowski

         Choreographer   Kia S. Smith

                           Cast    Adrian Dunn
                                       Kimberly Jones
                                       Adrienne Price

                                       Cornelius Johnson
                                       Destiny Casson

                                       Otis Harris


“Allen’s opera is a gorgeous celebration of Dunbar, meticulously thought-out and rendered in a wide variety of musical styles attractively juxtaposed and weaved together....

Stage Director Amy Hutchison did a stupendous job in bringing this story to life. This production was a home run for the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago."
- Hyde Park Herald 

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