Question 1 – On Character
As we go on this journey with the young nun, Sister Helen, what does she mean when she describes it as one both to her Christ and to herself? And does she ever believe Joseph De Rocher is fully innocent or fully guilty?
Question 2 – On the Journey as Opera
This is a contemporary opera about a despicable double crime. How has it been rendered as a subject for opera, and does Jake Heggie’s music help or hinder that journey?
Question 3 – On the Design
In this production, gone are the prison cells, courtroom, visiting room and other gritty details of actual place. Stripped down to squares of light and a few iconic symbols, how has the design built its own world, and does it serve the story?
Question 4 – And at the end…
Has the production deepened your understanding of the American prison system and has this affected your position on the death penalty?