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Opera Modo offers timely “The Consul” for four performances at the Jam Handy

Preview February 17, 2019 Encore Staff

DETROIT—Opera Modo presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul at the Jam Handy at 2900 E. Grand Blvd., February 21 through 24. Tickets are available online at www.operamodo.com.

The Consul is a story about the inhuman treatment endured by asylum seekers; both the trauma that caused them to leave their home country and the obstacles put before them by immigration policies set by their chosen country. The Consul tells the visceral, heartbreaking, and infuriating story of a political dissident, John Sorel, whose family falls victim to threats and surveillance by secret police agents from the totalitarian national government. While John flees his home to escape capture, his wife, Magda, tries to obtain the necessary documentation for her family to settle in another country. Despite repeated visits to the consulate, she is unable to procure these “papers,” and is understandably frustrated by the bureaucratic barriers repeatedly set before her by the consulate’s secretary.

The Consul won Menotti both the Pulitzer Prize for Music and New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best Musical in 1950, after an eight-month run on Broadway the same year.