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The Good Swimmer
The Good Swimmer
Nov 28—Dec 1, 2018
Music | Theater

Music by Heidi Rodewald
Lyrics by Donna Di Novelli
Directed by Kevin Newbury


In an aqueous haze of digital, neon-splashed water, a young beach lifeguard grapples with the legacy of the one she could not save: her brother who died in Vietnam. In composer Heidi Rodewald’s (Passing Strange) propulsive pop requiem for the young lives lost in an endless war, she sets radically recontextualized text—salvaged largely from defunct lifesaving manuals and other found texts, told through Donna DiNovelli’s poetic libretto—to incantatory rock anthems.

Representing the cohort of youth that was drafted to the war, a chorus of lifeguards—comprising the diverse alumni of the Chicago Children’s Choir— perform harmonies with a band led by singer David Driver against an evocative video backdrop, ultimately finding catharsis in a galvanizing truth: that we honor our fallen soldiers only when we defy the political drumbeat of senseless war.


Music direction by Marty Beller
Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly
Set design by Victoria “Vita” Tzykun
Video design by Greg Emetaz
Lighting design by Eric Southern
Costume design by David C. Woolard
Sound design by Brandon Wolcott
Arrangements by Heidi Rodewald and Marc Doten
Orchestrations and additional arrangements by Dana Lyn

Produced by KiWi Productions. Commissioned by BAM

Limited Ticket Availability
Tickets to select sold out performances are still available to BAM supporters at the Patron level and above. Please contact Patron Services at 718.636.4182 for more information. Standby tickets may become available and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office just before the start of the show.
1hr 15min
Leadership support for music programs at BAM provided by the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund
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