This season's "Let's Celebrate!" draws on a wide range of cultural traditions to supplement traditional holiday programming with stories reflective of White Snake Projects' beautiful and diverse community of artists and opera lovers. Those of you who attended the inaugural launch of this series last year were treated to stories based on the Day of the Dead, the Spring Festival, Havdalah and Eid al-Adha in four 20-minute music theater works. This season's Let's Celebrate! introduces new stories and traditions:
"My Little Coqui"
celebrating Puerto Rico's endemic tree frogs
Little children in Puerto Rico survive a once-in-a-century hurricane and flood when they are transformed by a magical river spirit into little frogs that sing every night.
"Jo Dooba So Paar"
Celebrating Eid al-Fitr
A young man's heart breaks during a family gathering to celebrate the breaking of the fast at Ramadan when he learns that his friend, for whom he has feelings, is marrying a woman and leaving the ambiguous love they have for each other.
Celebrating the festival of the Hindu Goddess of Destruction
A young man transitions into womanhood, drawing on Kali's strength and magic to destroy their old self and be reborn as a woman. Composed by a young composer in the process of transitioning.
Celebrating a multicultural Thanksgiving melding Mexican and Chinese traditions
A young Chinese woman brings home her Mexican fiance at Thanksgiving to the great consternation of her traditional Asian family.