The Island of Tulipatan

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Boston Conservatory Theater
31 Hemenway Street, Floor 2
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A satirist with a wicked sense of humor, there was no subject that composer Jacques Offenbach was afraid to tackle. The Island of Tulipatan, written in 1868 during a time when society thought gender to be binary, is a subversive piece questioning gender assignment and gender norms. In a Gilbert and Sullivan-like plot, Offenbach tells the tale of two people whose parents, for very "operetta plot" reasons, choose to raise them as genders different from their birth genders. With new lyrics by Jack Helbig and a new script by Gregg Opelka, this one-hour romp takes a look at and pokes fun at social norms in a style not unlike a Marx Brothers movie.

Jacques Offenbach, Composer
Jack Helbig, Updated Lyrics
Gregg Opelka, Updated Script
David Gately, Stage Director
Sahar Nouri, Conductor

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Boston Conservatory thanks audience members for viewing this program information online. This paperless program saved 200 sheets of paper, 21 gallons of water, and 18 pounds of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions.