“I will sing the song of purple summer.” 

Steven Sater, Lyricist
"Different take... unfolds in a more visually comprehensible form"
Jeff Hudson
Sacramento News and Reviews
"Arima does an expert job"
Chris Narloch
Outword Magazine
"Strong show with an important message... playing to exactly the right audience"
Bev Sykes
Davis Enterprise

Director's Note

Working with the talented students at UC Davis and a host of immensely gifted designers brought me a tremendous amount of fulfillment on this equally fulfilling musical. Seeing these emerging artists fall head-over-heels into the wondrous theatricality of Sater’s, Sheik’s and Wedekind’s poetry was humbling to watch and be a part of.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



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Production Credits

Music: Duncan Sheik

Book & Lyrics: Steven Sater

Music Direction: Erik Daniells

Choreographer: Chris McCoy

Set: John Iacovelli

Lighting: Michael Palumbo

Costumes: Maggie Morgan

Sound: Ned Jacobson

Projections: Daniel Davis & David Nessl

Producers: UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance