Shea Owens

"His vocal quality is stunning, with all the richness of a well-rounded baritone voice but with a striking brightness that thrills, particularly in his upper range."

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Three Decembers

  • Bankhead Theater 2400 First Street Livermore, CA (map)

Starring Frederica von Stade as Madeline, with Kristin Clayton as Beatrice and Shea Owens as Charlie.

Three Decembers tells the story of a famous stage actress – Madeline Mitchell – and her two adult children: Beatrice and Charlie. Both children resent their mother's long absences on the road and her lack of concern for the tragedies in their lives. Charlie believes his mother is distant because he is gay, even as his partner, Burt, is dying of AIDS. Meanwhile, Beatrice, trapped in an unhappy marriage, feels Madeline resents her enduring affection for their deceased father. As the story unfolds over the decades, long-simmering resentments surface, accusations are hurled, and family secrets revealed, leading ultimately to a hard-won peace and forgiveness for both the living and the dead.

Features mature language and themes. For tickets, click here.

Music by Jake Heggie; adapted from an unfinished play by Terrence McNally; libretto by Gene Scheer.

Earlier Event: February 1