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And Then He Painted the Sky

The story of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel ceiling told in the painter’s own words.

Featuring eighteen original songs with lyrics taken directly from the poetry and letters of Michelangelo Buonarroti, this original piece was an exploration of how to present the infamous images and their creation in a new and theatrical way.

To hear a radio interview about And Then He Painted the Sky, click here!

To view a video of performer Chelsea Glasner singing “Night Prayer,” click here!

Performed November 16-17, 2013.

Conceived, Written, and Directed by James Kennedy

Produced by Paul Hoover and the Emerson Shakespeare Society

Scenic design by Christopher Kavanah; Costume design by Devin Fletcher; Lighting design by Ben Rehm; Stage managed by Mary Krantz; Asst. Directed by Tyler Ramirez.

Performances by Chelsea Glasner, Andrew Frank, Sara Matar, Jenna Rogalski, Jared Rosenberg, and Gigi Watson.

Audio samples and video footage forthcoming.

Andrew Frank as Michelangelo- “The First Day”

Gigi Watson and Jenna Rogalski

Chelsea Glasner- “Night Prayer”

Gigi Watson as Pope Julius II

All photos by Taylor Ness.