Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see Capitol City Opera Company's production of The Secret Agent at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. For $15, you get one ticket for general admission on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. (up to a $33 value, including all fees). The box office open one hour before showtime; theater doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
Equal parts spy thriller, domestic drama, and political allegory, The Secret Agent sees scheme upon scheme pile up in the life of a London extremist of the late 19th century. The curtain rises on adult-bookstore owner and anarchic terrorist Adolf Verloc as he awaits an appointment with Mr. Vladimir, a foreign ambassador. In his introductory aria, the pornographer describes his illegal and possibly unsavory activities, which he claims are carried out “for the good of the people.” When the meeting begins, however, Mr. Vladimir reveals another facet of the disreputable Verloc––he is actually an agent provocateur employed by a foreign government to inspire a crackdown on his liberal co-conspirators. This cloak-and-dagger operation forms the backdrop of a heart-wrenching family tragedy, as Verloc’s wife Winnie and autistic brother-in-law Stevie are unwittingly embroiled in a plot to blow up Greenwich Observatory.
The Secret Agent is based on Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel of the same name, which Tom Reiss of the New York Times called “the most brilliantly novelistic study of terrorism as viewed from the blood-spattered outside.” Conrad proved his mastery over the subtleties of psychology in the callous politics of Verloc, the willful blindness of Winnie, and the ill-fated innocence of Stevie. For the onstage adaptation of the story, composer Curtis Bryant worked with forensic psychiatrist Allen Reichman to pen the opera’s libretto, and to finally get closure on a dream where Luciano Pavarotti was his school-bus driver.
Capitol City Opera Company
4484 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30319