Luna Pearl Woolf
The Pillar - Trailer
Opera.ca Summit for Gender Equity in Opera, Sept 22 2018
Aria from Luna Pearl Woolf's "The Pillar"
Kristin Hoff, Mezzo
Jennifer Szeto, Piano
THE PILLAR tells the tale of a woman who has dedicated her whole life to her husband, a pillar of the community. When he falls into disgrace, she must finally confront choices—and consequences—of truly operatic proportions. That woman is … Ruth Madoff.
Based on Diana Henriques’ bestselling The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, THE PILLAR digs beneath the surface of this contemporary scandal to uncover a timeless meditation on loyalty, corruption, and the nature of love.
This workshop presentation was made possible by an Opera America Discovery Grant, and we are now seeking a producing partner to continue development of the project.
“According to the splendid performance by all the singers and instrumentalists Woolf’s THE PILLAR is off to a great start… what wrenching, realistic theater it was — the rise and fall of the Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and the resulting human tragedies.”
– The Washington Post“THE PILLAR focuses on Ruth Madoff, a woman who has dedicated her life to her husband, a pillar of the community. When he falls into disgrace, she must confront choices, and consequences, of operatic proportions. The Pillar uses this contemporary scandal to deliver a timeless meditation on loyalty, corruption and the nature of love.”
– Georgetown Patch
“Ruth Madoff’s struggle is Shakespearean … as if Gertrude from Hamlet has been fleshed out for us.”
– Loretta Toscano, Actor/Educator
“The drama is so moving … all we wanted was more than thirty-something minutes!”
“Musically inventive and powerful … such economy in the language … It’s brilliant!”
– Elizabeth W. Scott , Dunch Arts
“It made me look at the whole event in a different way … it becomes deep, tragic and human … a Biblical story.”
– Dillon McCartney, NYIOP International