Cosmic Cowboy

Fall 2020


Cerise Lim Jacobs
Creator and Librettist

Elena Ruehr

Art by Glynis Anderson



You are the lone cowboy Silhouetted against your comet's fiery tail Riding the endless cosmos Into the deepest darkness

Inspired by the historic landing of the space probe Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Cosmic Cowboy explores the origins of the universe beginning at the Big Bang when the universe is formed by the mating of the Sumerian gods, Tiamat and Apsu. It traverses the mystery of time and space, through wormholes, black holes and alternate universes, until it comes full circle into the ultimate mystery - the human heart. Tia, Tiamat’s daughter, befriends the robotic probe and together, they confront the Astronaut from the spaceship Mayflower sent to retrieve the robot and to capture Tia, the first extra-terrestial known to us.

Creative Team

Elena Ruehr Composer
Cerise Lim Jacobs Creator and Librettist
E. Loren Meeker Director
Zane Pihlstrom Set and Costume Designer
Mathew Solomon Sound Designer
Curvin Huber Director of CGI
Ayoung Kwon Assistant Director of Visual Effects
Catriona Baker Director of Preproduction and Animation
Mary Jane Begin Concept Art
Wanda Strukus Producer


The Inspiration

I was totally fascinated by the landing of the robotic probe, Philae, on a speeding comet – 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

I've followed Philae's botched landing with bated breath, rooting for the the washing machine sized probe as it bounced several times when its thrusters failed to deploy, sending it reeling about due to 67/P's lower gravity. I've sighed with disappointment as its battery shut down because it landed in the shadow of an overhang and did not have the requisite sunlight to recharge itself. I've jumped with joy when 67/P sped nearer the sun and Philae was rejuvenated. I've watched with admiration as that plucky little robot sent back streams of data. I've read with curiosity the articles that there may be alien microbes on 67/P which Philae could unearth, and now, water, on Mars! READ CERISE LIM JACOBS’ INSPIRATION...

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