REV. 23

January 17-18, 2020
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
New York


Julian Wachner

Cerise Lim Jacobs
Creator and Librettist

Commissioned by White Snake Projects

Creative and developmental support provided by Beth Morrison Projects



The Book of Revelation ends at chapter 22. Or does it?

REV. 23 is the hitherto unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation as dictated by St. John the Divine and transcribed by Cerise Lim Jacobs. It narrates the last battle to recapture Paradise-on-Earth and restore the balance of good and evil to our world. Persephone, the only being able to pass freely between Hell and Earth, is recruited by Lucifer in the fight against the rulers of Paradise-on-Earth. No one is exempt from this battle. Which side are you on? READ THE FULL SYNOPSIS...

Creative Team

Julian Wachner Composer
Cerise Lim Jacobs Creator and Librettist
James Darrah Director
Daniela Candillari Music Director
Adam Rigg Scenic Design
Molly Irelan Costume Design
Pablo Santiago-Brandwein Lighting Design
Dustin Z West Production Stage Manager
Zachary Goodman Assistant Conductor
Anton Volovsek Assistant to the Scenic Director
Jenny Snyder Production Manager
Aaron Gonzales Technical Director


The Inspiration

“I dreamed up REV. 23 one day as I was thinking of where I would meet my husband Charles again since he passed from this world.”

It amused me that my incorrigible, irascible and impossible husband wouldn't be caught dead (pardon the pun) in Paradise (not that he'd be entirely welcome there) as some of the most interesting people seem to be consigned to that other place. This led to more musing about what Heaven was like and concomitantly, what that other place was like. READ CERISE LIM JACOBS’ INSPIRATION...


Welcome Year of the Rat

It's the Year of the Rat, the symbol of intelligence, energy, and optimism. The Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac, and not by accident. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor organized a race to determine the order of the zodiac. The quick-witted Rat hitched a ride on the back of the Ox. As the Ox neared the finish line, the little Rat leapt over its head to finish first! Read More

November Updates

We had our music workshop of next year’s mainstage opera, Cosmic Cowboy, by Elena Ruehr with our principal artists and our partners, the Boston Children’s Chorus and New England Conservatory. Below are some pictures of White Snake Projects’ team hard at work to bring another new work to life. Read More

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Press Release: White Snake Projects’ I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams Wows Critics, While Cerise Jacobs and Julian Wachner’s REV. 23 Receives New Production at Prototype Festival (Jan 17-18)

Following a chorus of critical praise for creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and composer Jorge Sosa’s immigrant-themed opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, Jacobs’s opera REV. 23, composed by Julian Wachner, will receive its New York premiere in a new production by Los Angeles-based director James Darrah at the 2020 Prototype Festival (Jan 17-18). Read More