The Central Park Five

June 22, 2019

June 23, 2019

7:30 PM To 9:30 PM

Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731


(562) 470-7464

Event Description

“The Central Park Five”, commissioned by the Long Beach Opera and composed by Anthony Davis with a libretto by Richard Wesley, makes its world premiere in San Pedro.

This riveting work, set in 1980’s New York, focuses on five African American and Latino teenagers who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The opera depicts the accusation, trial, and conviction of the teens who were held in connection with the rape and brutal beating of a young female jogger in New York’s Central Park. They were unjustly convicted of the rape but exonerated through DNA evidence thirteen years later. Davis’ opera is a passionate story about an issue that still rocks America today.

Davis states, “I think operas work on multiple levels, and certainly a visceral level is one that I’m very concerned with. I want the audience to have an emotional experience that involves identifying with the characters and putting yourself in their place. I am hoping that The Central Park Five will play an important role in understanding where we are after “Ferguson” and how such incidents of racial injustice are rooted in racial fear and hatred.”

The Central Park Five runs 130 minutes, with one intermission. It is sung in English with English supertitles.

Pre-opera talk will take place one hour before curtain.


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