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“Out of Dark­ness: Two Re­main” April 5 – 15 At­lanta Opera The Balzer The­atre at Her­ren’s 84 Luckie St. N.W. At­lanta, GA 30303 www.at­lanta­opera.org there wasn’t a wealth of ma­te­rial. Even af­ter peo­ple were lib­er­ated af­ter the camps and the war was over, it was il­le­gal to be gay in Ger­many un­til 1969. Peo­ple went un­der­ground or fled. It was only much later that peo­ple were able to tell their sto­ries.”

As part of his re­search, he was in­spired by the doc­u­men­tary “Para­graph 175.”

Scheer and Heg­gie worked to­gether to tell the sto­ries, even­tu­ally com­ing up with three of them.

“We thought, ‘Why don’t we cre­ate a full evening opera, since th­ese are two sto­ries of sur­vival?’ We can all con­nect with what it means to sur­vive dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances but it’s hard to imag­ine what it’s like to sur­vive when there is a gun at your head,” Heg­gie said. “That be­came what is now pre­mier­ing in At­lanta. We did our first work­shop per­for­mance a cou­ple of years ago.”

Heg­gie ad­mits other opera houses have shown in­ter­est in the work, but his sole fo­cus for now is get­ting it ready for its At­lanta gig.

It’s taken 12 years for ‘Out of Dark­ness: Two Re­main’ to get its world pre­miere, which hap­pens April 5 at The­atri­cal Out­fit. (Photo cour­tesy At­lanta Opera)

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