Inspired by the host of media attention surrounding two of the many raids on FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints) compounds — both the 2008 raid at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, TX and the 1953 raid in Short Creek, AZ Dark Sisters asks the question, "What constitutes religious expression in America?"
Nico Muhly 's Dark Sisters tells the story of Eliza embarking on the perilous journey of escaping the FLDS. Leaving the faith also means abandoning her family — including her husband, who believes himself to be a Prophet of God, and her sister wives. She longs to discover herself away from the church, where polygamy is holy and personal identity is forbidden. Can Eliza find herself and sacrifice her connections to her family and children along the way? Can she reconcile her own revelations with those she was raised to believe are the one true way to salvation?
Libretto by Tony Award winner Stephen Karam
Music Director: Jason Carlson
Staging Director: Rose Freeman
Mary Lutz Govertsen