Center for the Arts Presents Porgy & Bess

Posted: May 1, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Virginia Opera returns to the Concert Hall Thursday, May 4, through Sunday, May 7, with the American classic Porgy & Bess, featuring world famous Alvy Powell as Porgy. Porgy and Bess, a folk opera in two acts by George Gershwin, was first performed on Oct. 10, 1935, at the Alvin Theater in New York City.

The story takes place in the 1920s on Catfish Row, a poor neighborhood in Charleston, S.C. Porgy and Crown are involved in a craps game. When Crown loses, he kills one of the men in a fit of anger and then flees, leaving his girlfriend Bess behind. Bess finds sanctuary with Porgy, and the two soon fall in love. When Crown returns looking for Bess, he and Porgy fight and Crown is killed. After being released from jail, Porgy returns to Catfish Row to learn that Bess has gone to New York. The show ends with Porgy’s leaving Catfish Row, determined to find his Bess.

The production is directed by Dorothy Danner, the critically acclaimed director of the Virginia Opera’s 1998 production of The Merry Widow. For tickets, call ProTix at (703) 218-6500 or visit the Box Office in the lobby of the Concert Hall.

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