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Contemporary Gender Politics meets Euripides’ Medea. Enclave is a gay nightlife space owned by Martin. His younger partner, Jason is co-parent to their two children. Martin has created Enclave to be a place where Drag and Burlesque performers, friends and occasional lovers can make a family. When Jason falls in love with a trans man, Martin feels his identity and cultural position threatened. This will be an immersive, site-specific work.

Bree Lowdermilk, Composer

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MX. Bree Lowdermilk (they/them or she/her) is a queer, transfemme, gender non-conforming composer, lyricist, libbrettist, YouTube creator and dramatist.

Zachary Altman, Baritone

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Mr. Altman has received awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. He received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

Liliana Padilla, Librettist

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Liliana Padilla makes plays about sex, intersectional communities, and what it means to heal in a violent world. Their play, How to Defend Yourself won the 2019 Yale Drama Prize and is a 2018-19 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist.

Enclave  The Proposal

Curator discussion

Brian Rosen, Mark Streshinsky & Michael Morgan

Artist Interviews: Enclave

InFocus Issue 6

Enclave

Creators Journal

Content Warning:

Enclave contains:

* Descriptions of: body dysphoria for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people, masturbation, physical violence against gay men, consensual and non-consensual sexual acts in the context of a gay men’s sex club
* Use of the "F word" as a pejorative for gay and queer people

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Selvies

Sessions

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Mini Doc

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Libretto Reading

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Enclave  Sing Sample

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Get to know them: First Opera Stories

previous work samples

Composer Bree Lowdermilk & Zachary Altman

Composer Bree Lowdermilk & Zachary Altman Introduce "Not a LOve Story"

"Molly Bloom"

"Last Week's Alcohol"

"Rise" from Republic

bree lowdermilk Bio:

MX. Bree Lowdermilk (composer/co-writer, they/them or she/her) is a queer, transfemme, gender non-conforming composer, lyricist, libbrettist, YouTube creator and dramatist. Off-Broadway: The Mad Ones (fka The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown) and Henry and Mudge, which toured the country for over a decade. Other works include Flash of Time, an immersive art / puppet installation-musical hybrid at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog and Earthrise at The Kennedy Center in DC, and Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends, written with playwright Lauren Gunderson, which is currently touring the US. Their first album "Our First Mistake" charted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Other albums include "Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live" and “The Mad Ones” cast album. Their YouTube videos have over 20 million views. They've gotten lots of awards for emerging and mid-career artists (whatever that means) including the Larson Award, Alan Menken Award, Richard Rodgers Award, and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and have held residencies at McDowell, Johnny Mercer, Theatreworks/Palo Alto and others. Upcoming projects include the immersive house party The Bad Years, Republic (w/ Michael Arden) and Kill The Boy Band (w/ Jiehae Park). They are a founder of the start-up NewMusicalTheatre.com, and a member of the Dramatist Guild and ASCAP. 

zachary altman Bio:

Zachary Altman (co-writer, bass-baritone) has been celebrated for his “beautiful, authoritative vocalism” (L’Ape Musicale). Highlights of Mr. Altman’s 2019-20 season are Leandro in The Love for Three Oranges with Opera Philadelphia and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Malmö Opera. In the summer of 2020, Mr. Altman makes his debut with the Grant Park Music Festival as soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major. 

In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Altman sang the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Philadelphia, and Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China with Royal Danish Opera. In the 2017-18 season, he debuted with Teatro Massimo di Palermo as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Opéra de Lyon as Tschao in Zemlinsky's Der Kreidekreis, and with Teatro La Fenice as Lovell in Richard III; and returned to Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to sing Mr. Flint in Billy Budd, conducted by James Conlon. 

Mr. Altman’s recent engagements include his debut with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as the Athlet/Tierbändiger in Lulu, roles he previously performed with West Edge Opera; a reprise of Athlet/Tierbändiger, and filling in on 24 hours' notice as Dritte Schäfer in Daphne with Hamburgische Staatsoper; Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream with performances in Brescia, Cremona, Pavia, Como, and Reggia Emilia; Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; and Il Mandarino in Turandot with Pacific Symphony. Mr. Altman has sung under the baton of Lorin Maazel as Nimming Ned in The Beggar’s Opera at the Castleton Festival, and with Bramwell Tovey as Augustus and Second Inquisitor in Bernstein’s Candide with Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other opera highlights include Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Schlemil/Hermann in Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Montano in Otello with Theater Basel; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Count di Luna in Il trovatore, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Ford in Falstaff, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and the title roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi with Opera San Jose; Vaudemont in Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes, Marullo in Rigoletto, and Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival; John Proctor in The Crucible, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Chautauqua Institute; Orientale and Baden Baden 1927 with Gotham Chamber Opera; and the world premiere of Simon Sargon's Out of the Depths, a piece expressly written for Mr. Altman, with Voices of Change in Dallas. 

Mr. Altman has received awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. He received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where his performance as Joe Harland in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening can be heard on Albany Records.

Liliana Padilla Bio:

Liliana Padilla makes plays about sex, intersectional communities, and what it means to heal in a violent world. Their play, How to Defend Yourself won the 2019 Yale Drama Prize and is a 2018-19 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist. It was produced in the 2019 Humana Festival and will be at Victory Gardens in 2020. Liliana's work has been developed with OSF, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Victory Gardens, INTAR, Hedgebrook, Seattle Rep, the Playwrights' Center and San Diego REP. MFA, UC San Diego, BFA, NYU Tisch. Liliana is currently commissioned to make new plays with NNPN, Colt Coeur, and South Coast Rep. They are also a director, actor and community builder who looks at theatre as a laboratory for how we might be together.