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The Goth Chapters | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

The Goth Chapters


DETAILS
Running time: 15 minutes
Music by Stacy Garrop
Libretto and Original Story by Jerre Dye

Originally composed in 2007 as Ars Poetica; revised in 2019 as The Goth Chapters.

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Photo: Alice Usher, Gothic Opera, in video performance
Stacks Image 6360

  • SYNOPSIS • TIME/PLACE • STORY
    SYNOPSIS
    Penelope, a 30-year old Goth woman moves through the exhilarating stages of a tempestuous love affair.


    TIME AND PLACE
    This original story takes place today, in the Penelope's house and on the city streets.

    STORY
    Our hero, Penelope, works in a comic book store. She was a total outcast in high school and found her escape inside Goth culture. She was a wild child. She loves all things Victoriana (with a decidedly dark twist). The comic book store is her sanctuary, now. Though she’s a little more set in her ways now, she still has trouble divorcing herself from her more wild and carefree youthful days. 

    In Chapter 1: Heedless/Headless, our hero has stepped outside the comic book store on an emergency coffee break. She has just met a dashing stranger while checking them out at her register. She paces excitedly while drinking a Kombucha and eating Red Vines. It’s late summer. It’s hot. She is invigorated by this chance encounter.

    One week passes.

    In
    Chapter 2: Bitten, Penelope has just walked into her house after another clandestine date with the stranger from the comic book store.. She might be a little tipsy. She carries a bundle of black roses. As she sings, she removes her coat and puts on her robe and fuzzy house slippers.

    One week passes.

    Chapter 3: Our Insides takes place in the morning. Penelope’s lover is asleep beneath the blanket next to her. She realizes for the first time that she is in way too deep. She knows that it must end. At the end she gets dressed and leaves for work.

    One week passes.

    In
    Chapter 4: Keepsake, our hero walks home from work. The scars of the break-up still linger. It’s getting dark. She wears an overcoat and a scarf. It’s cold, now.
  • CAST & INSTRUMENTATION
    CAST
    • PENELOPE (Mezzo-Soprano) - a 30-year old Goth woman

    INSTRUMENTATION
    Versions are available for:
    • violin, cello, piano
    • grand piano
  • VIDEO
    Chapter 1: Heedless/Headless
    Chapter 2: Bitten

    Chapter 3: Our Insides
    Chapter 4: Keepsake

    VIDEO
    Gothic Opera: Alice Usher, soprano and Laurence Panter, piano. Recordings were made and released during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.