"Flight Lessons" musical

Birds, people, natural science and love

Based on a true story about Peregrine Falcons and humans living at the intersection of wild and urban habitats in Oakland, CA, "Flight Lessons" a six-person, two-act folk opera exploring themes of migration, adaptation, class and the limits of the man-made environment. What makes a home? How do we learn to value the natural environment, even when it is degraded? Who and what thrives in the margins? How do we recover and continue after loss? I'm drawing upon my experiences studying natural history and raptor conservation as I develop ‘Flight Lessons,'  which I began writing as an artist-in-residence at Chalk Hill in Healdsburg in early 2020. 

My goal is to develop "Flight Lessons" into a full-fledged musical. I recently received fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas* to help me realize this vision. Click the link below to make a donation that will support future productions of "Flight Lessons". For more information about other ways to contribute to the project or to book a performance email me.

*Flight Lessons is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Flight Lessons must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

'Flight Lessons' at The Lost Church. Photos by @imagerybyalexis

Melissa, Deborah and Kwame, ready for the show. Masks by Leda Olinger; photos by @imagerybyalexis

'Flight Lessons' at The Lost Church in Sf photo by E. Sorenson