“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)