Porgy and Bess
Production still from The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, 2012
Suzan-Lori Parks (Playwright)
Diedre Murray (Playwright)
12 January, 2012 – 23 January, 2012
The libretto of Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, her drug dealer. The opera plot generally follows the stage play. In this 2012 revival, spoken dialogue, written by Parks, replaced the opera’s sung recitatives.