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2007-2008 Season

Summer and Smoke
by Lee Hoiby
Libretto by Lanford Wilson
Based on a play by Tennessee Williams

Brent McMunn, conductor
Ken Cazan, stage director

Peter Harrison, set designer
Jacqueline Saint Anne, costume designer

The USC Thornton Opera Program and the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra present Hoiby’s work as part of a season of ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances.

Summer and Smoke is a sensitive yet compelling operatic study of Alma Winemiller, a woman obsessed with the “boy next door,” who elevates herself above the bigotry and stifling atmosphere of early 20th century Glorious Hill, Mississippi. In the process, her sensitivities and growing drug addiction almost destroy her.

Based on the play of the same name, this intriguing, beautifully melodic character study is crafted by two of America’s master storytellers: playwright Tennessee Williams and composer Lee Hoiby.



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April 25, 2008 | 8:00 PM
April 26, 2008 | 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
April 27, 2008 | 2:00 PM

Tickets: (213) 740-2167

$18 general admission
$12 seniors & non-USC students
Free admission at the door with valid USC ID


Evening Cast

Matinee Cast