Performance: The Long Christmas Dinner, Play and Opera

Before his Pulitzer Prize-winning full-length plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder wrote three one-acts that used most of the same experimental techniques (e.g., a stage manager character speaking directly to the audience, a bare stage, pantomime rather than handling realistic props) made famous in his later plays. One of those one-act plays, The Long Christmas Dinner, was adapted into an opera by composer Paul Hindemith with libretto by Wilder. On December 19th, the American Symphony Orchestra will offer a rare performance of both the one-act play and the opera at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, New York City. Tickets go on sale to non-season ticket holders on September 2nd. For more information visit the American Symphony Orchestra website.