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Movie Premiere: A Roadkill Opera – Film Room 7038

April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


A Roadkill Opera is a mashup of a backstage screwball comedy set in 1988 Wyoming with music from Ferdinando Paer’s 1804 opera Leonora. It tells the story of the hour before the lights go up on the first professional gig for an amateur comedy improv troupe–the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company–at the legendary Silver Dollar Bar in the Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. During that hour, they find out their showroom will be torn down after their run. Hilarity ensues.

This music documentary combines footage from A Roadkill Opera‘s fully staged productions in 2016 by both the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (at the James Lee Community Theater in Falls Church, Virginia) and an independent production (at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, DC); a brief segment from the Artomatic 2012 workshop in Crystal City, Virginia; and sketches from the 1988 and 1992 Jackson Hole comedy revues by the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company.

With action set in the 1980s, the over-the-top opera employs presentational and naturalistic theatrics; borrows tropes from Sherlock Holmes, the Marx Brothers, vaudeville, silent movies, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus; and nods to King Kong, Marie Antoinette, and the Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys. Works by Weird Al Yankovic and PDQ Bach belong on the same playlist as the soundtrack to A Roadkill Opera.

English, with English supertitles.

After the screening, meet the filmmaker in Artomatic Room 210 at 6:45 pm.


April 21
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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7th Floor – Film / Lecture – 7038
2100 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037 United States


Stephan Alexander Parker
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