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January 12, 2007

Flatland: The opera

Cover of Flatland

You may be familiar with Flatland, Edwin Abbott's 1884 fantasy novel about life among 2-dimensional geometric shapes. But are you ready for an operatic interpretation of Flatland? In miniature? Staged in a tea room, around a table-top?

Leave it to the indescribably unique Museum of Jurassic Technology to stage such a thing. They'll be hosting performances of Flatland throughout the weekend of January 26th-28th.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology is located in the Culver City section of Los Angeles. Here's a map.

Here's the email describing the event

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Information is
pleased to announce:


FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions
A Miniature Opera by Randall Wong
Performed by Dina Emerson and Randall Wong

Adapted from Edwin Abbott's celebrated 1884 geometric
novel, FLATLAND is a miniature opera about the
multiplicity of dimensions and the discovery of what
exists beyond the seen. Flatland is a two dimensional
world peopled by geometric shapes -- points, lines,
squares, and circles -- who learn that the universe
consists of more than their single plane. In the
tradition of the Victorian Toy Theater, the opera is
staged upon a large tabletop, giving the effect of a
performance viewed through the wrong end of a
telescope. FLATLAND, composed and co-performed by
esteemed male soprano Randall Wong, juxtaposes the
grand and the microscopically absurd, and collides
Victorian stagecraft and illusion with modern toys and

Friday, January 26th: 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 27th: 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 28th: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Nota Bene: FLATLAND will be staged in the Tula
Tearoom. Due to the unique restrictions of the space,
we shall not be able to seat latecomers once the
performances have started.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

$15 General admission
$10 Museum members, students, seniors, active service

Please address queries & reservation requests to

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at January 12, 2007 10:35 PM