La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
646.430.5374

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p




Bum Phillips All-American Opera

By Monk Parrots

March 12 – March 30, 2014


7:30pm | Thursdays – Fridays – Saturdays

2:30pm | Sundays

Commissioned and produced by Monk Parrots (New York)

Concept, Direction, Production Design by Luke Leonard | Libretto by Kirk Lynn | Music by Peter Stopschinski 

Ramsey’s charisma, talent, and range pay tribute to Bum while also making him feel like a fully realized character. The music, from Peter Stopschinski also shines.

- Letters from the Mezzanine

“The adrenaline-fueled fervor of professional sports merges with the dizzying passion of opera, creating perfect harmony.”

- TheaterMania

“We applaud this production. The stodgy, traditional opera world would be wise to take notice of Bum Phillips.”

- Maxamoo

This world premiere opera celebrates the improbable life of Bum Phillips, a National Football League legend and American icon. Inspired by Phillips’ motivational skills and homespun principles, this epic portrait of Bum Phillips pushes the boundaries of where and for whom opera is staged. This new work from Monk Parrots features composition from Peter Stopschinski and a libretto by Kirk Lynn, both members of the award-winning theatre collective Rude Mechanicals.

Supported by Bum Phillips Charities, Drift Studio NYC, La MaMa ETC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residency, Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant from Lower Manhattan Community Council, Monk Parrots patrons via Hatchfund, Opera Moderne, and the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Long Island University.

Photo credit: Corey Torpie

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