Bonnie Lander

Coping Mechanisms


April 4, 2017
Presented by University of California San Diego
San Diego, California
Experimental Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego
FREE Admission

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8pm

Presented by Rhymes With Opera
124 Bank Street Theatre
124 Bank St, New York City
General Admission: $20 (includes $18 ticket price and $2 service charge)

Bonnie Lander, Elisabeth Halliday, and Robert Maril.

Bonnie Lander, Elisabeth Halliday, and Robert Maril.



In today's ultra-connected world, what does it mean to feel isolated and alone?  

Rhymes With Opera concludes the 16-17 season with founding member Bonnie Lander’s experimental opera Coping Mechanisms, a work that explores themes of isolation, anxiety, agoraphobia and grief through improvised dramatic narratives and sounds.  Set apart in three separate spaces, three singers (performed by RWO ensemble members Bonnie Lander, Elisabeth Halliday and Robert Maril) explore their own anxieties about what awaits them in the outside world.  Using both incidental vocal sounds and melodies inspired by operatic training and techniques, the trio works together in brining to life a full musical narrative - without the safety net of a written score.  Coping Mechanisms is a new opera that explores how we create our own personal spaces while also longing for a connection with our community.

Running time: approximately 45 minutes, no intermission.



Cynthia Stokes, director
Lily Bartenstein, set and lighting designer