All-Female Team Leads Lyric Theatre’s Production Of ‘Lucretia’

February 21, 2019
 
The Lyric Theatre at Illinois production of The Rape of Lucretia opens Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

The Lyric Theatre at Illinois production of "The Rape of Lucretia" opens Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

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Lyric Theatre at Illinois’ production of the Benjamin Britten opera “The Rape of Lucretia” opens Thursday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

It tells the story of a woman who becomes a pawn in a power struggle between men in ancient Rome and pays the ultimate price.

Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with two members of the all-female production team, conductor Julie Gunn and director Kirsten Pullen about this beautiful and heartbreaking opera. Pullen said it’s the first time she’s ever directed an opera.

"This is my first opera, and I did not imagine doing it," Pullen said. "Julie (Gunn) asked me, and I was actually gobsmacked. We were having a whole conversation about wanting to have an all-woman team, and wanting to do this in a particular way, and then she said, 'you know, somebody like you.'"

Pullen is the department head for Illinois Theatre, and Gunn is the co-director of the Lyric Theatre program.

"The Rape of Lucretia" opens tonight in the Tryon Festival Theater at Krannert Center. Details on tickets and showtimes are available at the Krannert Center website.

Story source: WILL