Columbia Stages
Go On Living

Conceived and Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Composed by Jon Bernstein and Marnie Breckenridge
Libretto by Christopher Chen


A mother commits an unforgivable act by accidentally killing her own child. Fueled by unending guilt, she cycles through haunting dreamscapes of death and rebirth. As her reality decomposes into surreal nightmare, she voices her infinite despair amidst vivid visual and sound environments. Inspired by a true story, WAKE is an inventive music theatre work that is part theatre, dance, opera, chamber and electronic music. Composed by Jon Bernstein (also known as Disparition) with libretto by Christopher Chen (2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award), WAKE stems from real documentary interviews. Investigating the psychic effects of guilt and grief, WAKE explores how-when it feels as though there is no way to move on-we seek a way to continue.

This modern tragedy features opera singer Marnie Breckenridge (Dog Days, Time Out New York's "Best Opera of 2012", BAM's Next Wave Festival).


Marnie Breckenridge


Edward Chin-Lyn Wei-Yi Lin
Megan Hanley Yanghee Lee
And Ensemble

On Stage Musicians:

Jon Bernstein Margaret Lancaster
Alex Dreyshner Mari Yamamoto

Production Team:

Composer & Sound Designer Jon Bernstein
Vocal Line Composer Marnie Breckenridge
Librettist Christopher Chen
Choreographers Yanghee Lee
Production Dramaturg & Video Design Deepthi Welaratna
Dramaturg Enrique Urueta
Scenic Designer Melpomene Katakalos
Lighting Designer Jennifer Reiser
Costume Designer Ari Fulton
Video Content Sean Scrap Wrenn
Aleksey Nuzhnov
Masks Creator Jess Adams
Production Stage Manager Elizabeth Goodman
Assistant Stage Managers Kate Dial
Garrett Rollins
Assistant Director Monica Santana
Producer & General Manager Mariana Ortiz
Company Manager Yue Liu
Director of Production Joe Novak
Production Manager Tom Gilmore
Associate Production Manager Corrie Beth Shotwell
Technical Director Scott Mancha


The Connelly
220 East 4th Street

March 5-8, 2014

$15 General Admission/$5 Seniors

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3/8 Saturday @ 8:00pm

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