The Fool (Elation V) is an opera co-written by Colin Self and Raul De Nieves, debuted at Issue Project Room on November 11th, 2014 and presented again at The Kitchen NYC on February 9th-11th, 2017. The Fool, is scored in four-acts for chorus and string-ensemble.

The Fool is a mystical allegorical journey performed by a group of friends in their quest to unite themselves one with the other. The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. The Fool is both the beginning and the end, neither and otherwise, betwixt and between. The Fool is a story.

photos by Bradley Buehring & Whitney Mallett




Starring Colin Self as the old woman, Raul De Nieves as the Fool and the Dog, Alexandra Drewchin as the Child, and Mehron Abdollmohammadi as the Mother.

Chorus: Lisa Kori Chung, Stephen Wood, Andy Kuncl, Cheno Pinter, Xena Semjonova, Sarah McSherry, Rogielo Ramos, Michael Bunsen, Daniel Wallace, Mz William Fortini, Ana Lieberman and Lindsey Leonard.

Ensemble: John Swartz (cello), Thomas DeLaney (cello), Liza Paap (violin), Genevieve Kammel Morris (viola), and William Nagel (cello).
Conductor: Brian McCorkle.


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