"An American Les Mis"
A new operatic musical about the birth of the American spirit of Independence,
using historical text including poems by Phillis Wheatley & Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Synopsis: In the sweep of events leading up to the American Revolutionary war, loyalist Boston Governor Thomas Hutchinson seeks to clamp down on the increasingly rebellious Sons of Liberty. He seizes tea smuggler John Hancock's ship, the "Liberty." Orator James Otis gives a passionate courtroom speech against such arbitrary exercise of power, only to be attacked by British soldiers. Sam Adams leads the colonists in a boycott of British goods--which the town's women support with their own efforts. Mrs. Adams is forced to house a threatening group of soldiers. In an incendiary outbreak of violence, colonists are fired upon by the soldiers in a horrific massacre. A great debate, with the leading agitator Sam Adams fervently defending the Rights of the Colonists, leads to an impasse. And finally in the inevitable climax of open rebellion, Paul Revere leads the epochal event that initiated the American Revolution—the act which preferred the destruction of a tea cargo to the principle of colonial subjugation—the act that no longer bore, but instead began to cast off the mounting injustice.