A comic wedding-centric romp set in a hotel bar. A lone bartender (Jo) serves a lone man (Hixon) who seems to be separating himself from something. Through their flash-in-the-pan interaction, we draw out both the backstory of each of them — Jo still very much reeling from having cancelled her own wedding, and Hixon facing down his apprehension about long term relationships — and the foolish, selfish trends that surround the modern wedding. Who is a wedding for? What do we hold onto for tradition's sake, and what do we hold onto because others demand it? Full of both tongue-in-cheek energy and genuine self-reflection, Follow Suit stands true to one central theme: no one can tell you that there's right way to live your life.
commissioned and premiered by
Marble City Opera (of Knoxville, TN)
premiere in Spring 2018
approx. 45 minutes
two principal vocalists and chamber ensemble
(piano, cello, and B♭ clarinet)
Jo: lyric soprano