Crescent City

May 10-27, 2012 Atwater Crossing, Los Angeles, CA

Music by Anne LeBaron
Text by Douglas Kearney
Directed by Yuval Sharon
Produced by The Industry

Crescent City was the first production of The Industry and was instantly hailed as “changing the face of music-theater in this town overnight” (Out West Arts).

The opera tells the story of a mythical town loosely based on New Orleans. In the aftermath of Hurricane Belle, Crescent City is a lawless ghost town: marauding Revelers call the Junk Heap home, while drag queens, drug addicts, and a lone policeman try to survive. A disturbance in the air resurrects the voodoo queen Marie Laveau, who emerges from her tomb to discover that another hurricane threatens to destroy what little is left of Crescent City. Marie Laveau summons the voodoo gods and begs them to save the city. They agree to do so only if one good soul can be found remaining in the town. The opera becomes a travelogue, as the voodoo gods come down to the town to search for the city’s salvation.

Anne LeBaron’s electronically-infused music weaves together zydeco, gospel, voodoo drumming, and ancient Korean traditions to create an unforgettably phantasmagoric score.  The Los Angeles Times praised the opera’s “fantastical layers and robust vocal writing, a perspective that is always changing and always captivating.”  Douglas Kearney’s “poetically rich libretto” creates characters through a strong Southern vernacular and powerful imagery. “Fascinatingly staged by the über-creative Yuval Sharon” (Stage and Cinema), the production is an immersive yet elusive multimedia spectacle, where every vantage point offers a unique perspective.  Marc Lowenstein conducts an orchestra of 18 and leads a phenomenal cast of eight singers.


Creative Team

  • Music by Anne LeBaron
  • Libretto by Douglas Kearney
  • Directed by Yuval Sharon
  • Conducted by Marc Lowenstein
  • Produced by Laura Kay Swanson
  • Curated by Brianna Gorton
  • Technical Director Eric Nolfo


  • Maria Elena Altany
  • Jordann Baker
  • Timur Bekbosunov
  • Cedric Berry
  • Gwendolyn Brown
  • Ashley Fatoalia
  • Stacia Hitt
  • Justo Leon
  • Jonathan Mack
  • Gabriel Romero
  • Lillian Sengpiehl
  • Chelsea Spirito
  • Max Wandeman
  • Ji Young Yang

Visual Artists

  • Mason Cooley
  • Brianna Gorton
  • Katie Grinnan
  • Alice Könitz
  • Jeff Kopp
  • Olga Koumoundouros

Technical Team

  • Set Designer Sibyl Wickersheimer
  • Lighting Design Elizabeth Harper
  • Projection Design Jason H. Thompson
  • Sound Design Martin Gimenez