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Here is a summary from our friends at Seagle Music Colony, explaining what this ground breaking play is all about.
“The second collaboration between composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, The Manchurian Candidate was commissioned by Minnesota Opera and premiered in 2015 to rave reviews.The pair's first opera Silent Night, also commissioned and premiered by Minnesota Opera, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2012 and has become one of the most performed contemporary operas in the repertoire, even having a broadcast on PBS's 'Great Performances.'
The Manchurian Candidate is based on the 1959 novel by Richard Condon and subsequent 1962 film-adaptation by John Frankenheimer which starred Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury. The story was also made into a second movie in 2004 starring Denzel Washington.
The Manchurian Candidate is a story of Cold War-era paranoia: Raymond Shaw, an indifferent U.S. soldier in the Korean War, is captured by Russian and Chinese Communists and secretly brainwashed into becoming an assassin once he’s stateside to help pave the way for a Communist takeover of the U.S. government. Once he has returned home a hero, it is revealed that his mother, Eleanor Iselin, is in league with the Communists and is driving the plot in order to catapult her coarse,
Red-baiting senator husband Johnny Iselin into the presidency. Raymond’s fellow prisoner-of-war, Ben Marco, plagued by nightmares of their time in Korea, suspects that they have been manipulated but isn’t quite sure how; slowly, he unravels the horrifying truth”.