Empress Irene is ready to retire. She should hand over power to her son Constantine, but he's a traumatized man who relies on his violent bodyguard to control the city. Conspiring with her eunuchs, Irene struggles to set up a legacy for her grand-daughters to rule as future Empresses. An explosive mix of opera and theater that explores the relentless drive to tragedy in female stories. The second play in the ICONS/IDOLS tetralogy of choral plays about the Byzantine Empresses.

An Archive Residency

Book and Lyrics by Helen Banner

Music by Grace Oberhofer

Direction by Colette Robert

Music direction by Feranda Douglas

Co-Producers -- Alexandra Cadena and Madeleine Goldsmith

With: Hilary Asare, Iris Beaumier, Carolyn Berliner, Emily Brown, Hannah Eakin, Kristian Espiritu, Shanta Parasuraman, Yael Shavitt, Katie Weber, and Joell Weil

Scenic Design: An-Lin Dauber

Lighting Design: Jay Ryan

Costume Design: Emily Bono

Stage Manager: Margaret Gleberman.

Props: Rhys Roffey


Photos by Jo Chiang

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