Scalia/Ginsburg

 

SCALIA/GINSBURG 

BY DERRICK WANG

 

& TRIAL BY JURY

BY GILBERT AND SULLIVAN

Orchestration by Derrick Wang

APRIL 17 (7:30 PM) & APRIL 19 (2:00 PM), 2020 at the Valentine Theatre

 

Scalia/Ginsburg is an American comic opera by composer-librettist Derrick Wang about the unlikely friendship of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Launched at a special presentation at the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013, Scalia/Ginsburg received its world premiere production in 2015 to rave reviews. Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury is a joy of courtroom banter and farce. Plaintiff Angelina sues the fickle defendant, Edwin, for breach of marriage promise. Through much compromise and hilarity, the judge resolves he should marry Angelina himself. One of G&S’s early collaborations remains one of their most good-humored—with a quintessentially British dry wit.

Trial by Jury kicks off this evening of courtroom hilarity with Scalia/Ginsburg anchoring the second half.

 

Performed in English with English supertitles.

Trial By Jury

Angelina is suing Edwin for breach of promise, claiming that he has broken his word to marry her. In his own defense, Edwin argues that is unfair to punish him for loving one girl one day and, bored with her, loving another the next. However, the sight of this beautiful girl overcome by emotion and greatly distressed quickly captures the hearts of the 'impartial' jury. In an attempt to resolve the matter, Edwin offers to marry both girls but his suggestion is rejected on the grounds of bigamy.

Faced with potentially substantial damages, Edwin then claims to be a drunkard and a bully, liable to beat Angelina when intoxicated, and worth very little in financial terms. This leads the Judge to suggest that they make him drunk and observe his behavior towards Angelina! When all except Edwin object to this the Judge becomes very impatient with the whole affair and, in a final effort to bring the trial to a conclusion, he declares that he will marry Angelina himself. This suits everybody, and the case is closed.

 

Scalia/Ginsburg

1. In the plot of this comic opera, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is visited        by The Commentator, an otherworldly figure who:

   A. Confronts Justice Scalia (as in Don Giovanni).

   B. Seals Justice Scalia in a chamber (as in Aïda).

   C. Compels Justice Scalia to undergo three trials (as in The Magic Flute).

   D. All of the above.

2. When Justice Ginsburg arrives to assist Justice Scalia, she:

   A. Comforts Justice Scalia (in the style of Bellini).

   B. Debates Justice Scalia (in the style of Verdi and Mozart).

   C. Explains her view of the evolving Constitution (in evolving musical styles).

   D. All of the above.

3. The trials undergone by the Justices include:

   A. An inquisition (in which the Commentator directly questions the Justices).

   B. A trial of silence (in which the Justices must not say anything).

   C. A mystery.

   D. All of the above.

4. If the Justices pass the trials, they will receive:

   A. Their freedom from the sealed chamber.

   B. Access to another realm.

   C. A special talent.

   D. All of the above.

5. In the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, Justices Ginsburg and Scalia are described as:

   A. [U.S.] Supreme Court Justices.

   B. Different.

   C. One.

   D. All of the above.

 

MUSICAL NUMBERS

“The Justices are blind!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scalia

“Dissent!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Commentator

“Oh, Nino” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . Ginsburg, Scalia

“Always ‘liberal’” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scalia, Ginsburg

“You are searching in vain (for a bright-line solution)” . . . . . . . . . . . Ginsburg

“He built stairs” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scalia

“You, sir, are wrong here” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ginsburg

“Withdrawn!” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commentator

“We are different, we are one” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ginsburg, Scalia

Finale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commentator, Ginsburg, Scalia

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