Chicago Premiere Fellow Travelers
By Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce
- Language - Sung in English with projected English text
- Running Time - 2 hours, 5 minutes with 1 intermission
- Location - Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago
At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job—and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller—an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
Lyric Opera is proud to present the Chicago premiere of this work, which was praised as “a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama” by The New York Times in its 2016 world premiere. The Wall Street Journal raved, “Mr. Spears’s subtle, lyrical music is beautiful without being obvious or sentimental…Kevin Newbury’s directing, particularly of the love scenes, was as honest and touching as the opera.”
An opera by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
“I Worry That's All”
Fellow Travelers Articles
Fellow Travelers Synopsis
TIME and PLACE: September 1953 to May 1957, in Washington, D.C. Eisenhower is president. Senator Joseph McCarthy is stoking fears that the U.S. federal government is full of Communists, Soviet spies, and homosexuals.
Go inside this production of Fellow Travelers with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.
Meet The Artists
Senator McCarthy/Estonian Frank/Interrogator
Reginald Smith, Jr.*
Senator Charles Potter/General Airlie/Bartender
Potter's Assistant/Bookseller/Party Guest/Technician/French Priest
Thomas C. Hase*
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center