Experiments in Opera presents

Chunky in Heat

May 31 - June 2, 2019
Tickets are $35
The Sam
90 Minutes

Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous present the premiere of Chunky in Heat an opera based on a libretto by celebrated author A. M. Homes.  Chunky in Heat tells the story of a girl who comes of age poolside at her family’s home in the canyons of Los Angeles. The magical thinking of youth comes undone after her brother dies and she realizes what the word “dream” in American Dream really means.

Chunky in Heat features music by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington and Matthew Welch.


Chunky (Cheryl)…..Sarah Daniels
Walter/Fiancee/Beekeeper…..Timothy Stoddard
Mother…..Emily Geller
Father…..Joshua Jeremiah
Abigail/Shapeshifter…..Rachel Doehring

David Bloom, Music Director

Creative Team

Alison Moritz, Director
Kate Noll, Stage Design
Solomon Weisbard, Lighting Design
Elivia Bovenzi, Costume Design
Nathaniel Butler, Sound Design

The June 2 matinee performance will be preceded at 2 p.m. with an artist talk between Chunky in Heat Librettist A. M. Homes and designer and author Isaac Mizrahi. Admission is free with a ticket to the 3 p.m. matinee performance.

*All tickets include an additional $2 Theater Restoration Fee, which keeps the lights on in our new digs.

Experiments in Opera is focused on re-writing the story of opera.  They believe that new operas can be adventurous and fun, focused on strong and intimate storytelling, while also challenging notions of what experimental music can be.  EiO invites composers, directors, designers and performers to create new work that embraces unconventional mediums, a range of durations and production scales, and explores collaboration between all types of artists working to share their visions.  They bring new operas to the stage as quickly as we can, marking the urgency of artists with something important to say and the desire of audiences to be a part of the excitement of risky and rewarding work. experimentsinopera.com