AVE: A Folk Opera of the Two Marys : Poster

“What a splendid and stunning achievement!”
Jean Houston,PhD. internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, founder of the Foundation for Mind Research

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AVE, a folk opera, is a contemporary interpretation of the two Marys, the sacrificial, transcendent mother of Jesus and the sensual, passionate Mary Magdalene. Nature, the glory of the divine feminine, surrenders only to Spirit. Virginal integrity, submits to the Holy Spirit in the youthful Mary, but, it awaits living proof of God as the Son in the “Black Madonna” Mary Magdalene. Both the light and dark aspects of the divine feminine illuminate the path of grace for the human soul. Ancient archetypes of Spirit and Nature reenact this drama throughout the millenniums, beckoning to human understanding to find its way home.

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Both the light and dark aspects of the divine feminine illuminate the path of grace for the human soul. Ancient archetypes of Spirit and Nature Force reenact this drama throughout the millenniums, beckoning to human understanding to find its way home.

Reviews

“What a splendid and stunning achievement!”
– Jean Houston, PhD internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, founder of the Foundation for Mind Research

“Gayatri’s gift for bringing spiritual experience into community artistic performance flowered in this glorious musical celebration of soul, heart and healing…an extraordinary multicultural creation ….a remarkable and melodic group of songs….bringing spirit into harmonic form…”
– Jill Mellick with Marian Woodman’s Coming Home to Myself

“…a woman’s experience…(showing) the great gulf between Christ’s acceptance and support of women and the distorted relationship between the Church and women”
– Mary Carroll Nelson, Artists of the Spirit

“Congratulations… An engaging work… especially like the concept of the drama, the idea of using the biblical material as a frame of reference for important contemporary issues.”
– Jim Sagel, author of Tunomas Honey, Dancing to Pay the Light Bill

“This work is on a level that will touch artistic as well as social sensitivities.
The work is well crafted and very maturely conceived.”
– Dr. William Clark, past Chairman, Department of Music, New Mexico State University

“I have been fascinated with Patricia Brown’s play… I find it to be intensely interesting and stimulating. I would heartily recommend this play for anyone who is considering the staging of a new and important work by living American Playwrights.”
– Jim Billings, Artistic Director, American Southwest Theater Company

“One of the best scripts I’ve seen in a long time. It will appeal to many audiences and it relates richly to contemporary women’s issues. I can say I loved it.”
– Jinx Junkin, Theater of Music, Santa Fe

“The music tends to stay in your mind long after you’ve left the theater. Both of these women grew up in the same community. One was protected, one was abused. It begins to sound familiar as the stories unfold on stage because the same scenarios are played out every day in every culture in the world.”
– Loma O’Lary, The Taos News, Aug 17, 1995

Credits:

Writter & Composer: Patricia Brown

Additional Music: Neva Balduff

Play Director: Rosalie Triana

Music Director: Chris Abeyta

Technical director: Dick Hogle

Vocal Director: Rosemarie Caminiti

Northern New Mexico Community College
Nick Salazar Center for the Arts
1002 North Onate Street, Espanola, New Mexico

Funded in part by:
The New Mexico Arts Division
and
The McCune Foundation

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