For Immediate Release: SMASHED returns, this time in Brooklyn
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And heads to the bar.  Bringing the hatchet-wielding icon of the temperance movement quite literally to life, Brooklyn-based company Opera on Tap presents its hit production of James Barry's SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story at the iconic Brooklyn watering hole and cultural hub Freddy's Bar and Backroom in a fully immersive, all-bar-encompassing version of the production.

"Anyone who experiences the absurd booze-opera will go happy and with a fully transformed view of opera."- Feast of Music

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14th, 2013 - 8pm
627 5th Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11215
New York, NY -
On November 14th, Brooklyn-based company Opera on Tap will bring its hit opera SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story by composer James Barry and librettist Timothy Braun to Freddy's Bar and Backroom
in a new fully-immersive production. Dubbed by Feast of Music as an "hilarious slapstick-style opera," the show will take place in Freddy's front room at 8pm and will be free of charge.

Giving a new spin to the operatic mainstay of the strong leading lady, SMASHED is an absurdist take on the life of Carrie Nation, a radical turn-of-the-century teetotaler who furthered her cause through vandalism –namely, attacking drinking establishments with a hatchet. With stage direction by Jenny Lee Mitchell (Founder of TheaterTHE), musical direction from Mila Henry (American Opera Projects), and costumes by Ramona Ponce, the production will feature Michael Bragg, Kayleigh Butcher, Joseph Flaxman, Seth Gilman, Christiana Little, Cameron Russell, Patricia Vital, Merlyn Wolf as the narrator, and Krista Wozniak as Carrie Nation.

Premiered at HERE Arts Center in April 2013, SMASHED was commissioned by Opera on Tap for the inauguration of its Roadworks Series. The series was created to promote new chamber works with a focus on American personalities and aims to provide immersive and entertaining work that is accessible to audiences who may otherwise be outside of the opera community. Future works include The Inner Circle, based on TC Boyle's novel about Alfred Kinsey, by composer Daniel Felsenfeld and librettist Kate Gale (set to premiere in 2014), and more to be announced.

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About Opera on Tap
Esquire Magazine:  Freddy's voted ESQUIRE'S BEST BARS IN AMERICA.

Time Out NY:  "It's possible that Freddy's is as near a perfect saloon experience as you'll ever encounter." 
"This is the perfect neighborhood bar." 

New York Magazine:  "Greatness lies behind these doors." (Best Of) "The great Freddy's...seems to sizzle with life."

L Magazine:  "...hub for artists, thinkers, performers...a great place to get drunk...Brooklyn's most eclectic, smarty-pants and resilient bar. Best Literary Bars"Co-owner Donald O'Finn's visual art - check out the mesmerizing mix..." "..musicians of all stripes, and...a meeting place for artists." 

Village Voice: BEST VIDEO ART IN A BAR: 2001-2008: "Donald O'Finn's feverishly edited encyclopedically strange video collages...”

Crane's Business: 
".. boisterous tavern—a hangout for artists..and others since Prohibition..."

Village Voice: "One of the 10 Best Bars in Brooklyn." "..hosts some of the city's most original readings & performances."

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn 200. Top 200 of Brooklyn's Most influential Institutions.

NY Times:  "an iconoclastic Brooklyn dive bar..."

Bravo TV Night Life Guide:  "When God created the bar, he named it Freddy's."
WNYC:  "It has a cat that you can’t out-drink, it's got the best fishtank in New York City. It’s an amazing bar."
About Opera on Tap: Hailed as “raucous and sublime” by the New York Sun, Opera on Tap has been bringing opera to the uninitiated in bars, rock venues, and other alternative spaces since 2005. Born in the backroom of a Brooklyn divebar, Opera on Tap has gained national press recognition, several performance residencies across the city, and now has twelve national chapters! 


Opera on Tap lets brings classical music from lofty stages to local bars- NY Daily News

Opera on Tap takes James Bond to Jamaica Plain- Boston Globe, 2013

Old school artform meets new school audience with Opera on Tap- KALW News/ NPR Cross Currents

LA Weekly Best of 2012- Opera on Tap- LA Weekly

Spring Arts: Opera, Bar by Bar- Seattle Weekly

Opera on Tap | 320 Stratford Road | Brooklyn, NY 11218
Phone: 917.538.7413

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