The IMpossible SHe

World Premiere
Music and libretto by Daniel Thomas Davis

Friday, May 10, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Saturday May 18, 2019

All performances begin at 8pm.

124 Bank Street Theatre
124 Bank St, New York, NY

General admission: $20
VIP: $50 (includes special VIP reception with artists at 6:45pm, for 5/10 and 5/17 performances only)

Elisabeth Halliday and Bonnie Lander in RWO’s production of  Red Giant  (photo by Anthony Trujillo)

Elisabeth Halliday and Bonnie Lander in RWO’s production of Red Giant (photo by Anthony Trujillo)


Laine Rettmer, director
Andrea Merkx, scenic designer
George Lam, conductor


Rhymes With Opera will present the world premiere of Daniel Thomas Davis’s opera The Impossible She at the 124 Bank Street Theatre. The opera dramatizes the relationship between two women who found each other in the midst of a complicated world - and especially a world where men in positions of power have told them, one way or another, that their minds and bodies have little value. One of these women is Eleanor Roosevelt, who is about to become First Lady of the United States. The other is Lorena Hickok (or Hick, as everyone seems to call her), a feisty journalist assigned to introduce Eleanor Roosevelt to the world. 

Fantastically told through metaphysical poetry, fragments of newspaper accounts, intimate letters and Depression-era ballads, the opera retells these women’s stories as a classic love triangle – between Eleanor, Hick and a composite character known simply as The Outside World. Ultimately, the impossible love Eleanor and Hick share for this Outside World – an especially troubled world that desperately needs them – threatens to pull the two apart. 

In addition to this one-act opera, Rhymes With Opera will also present the world premiere of Colin Read’s On Loneliness and Solitude. Both Read’s and Davis’s works were commissioned by Rhymes With Opera, specifically for our ensemble of singers.

This world premiere mainstage production features RWO founding ensemble members Elisabeth Halliday, Bonnie Lander and Robert Maril. Stage director Laine Rettmer (Rumpelstiltskin) and scenic designer Andrea Merkx return to create this new production for the company.