Terence Blanchard

Fire Shut Up in My Bones – Special Screening

Encore Broadcast

Terence Blanchard

Fire Shut Up in My Bones – Special Screening

The Met Opera HD Encore Broadcast

Full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results will be required to attend this event. For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 72 hours of attending. A photograph of your vaccine card is acceptable. Please be sure to bring photo ID as we will be checking to ensure tests and vaccine cards match photo IDs.

The State Theatre will follow any active masking ordinance. In general, masks are strongly encouraged.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage and featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging, which appears in cinemas on October 23. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.

Post-Opera Roundtable discussion featuring:

Ted Christopher, Artistic Director, Penn State Opera Theatre

Charles Dumas, Professor Emeritus, Penn State School of Theatre

Jo Dumas, Associate Teaching Professor, Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Dr. Blair Salter, Music Director, Penn State Opera Theatre

Tierra Williams, Director of The Divine Nine

Hourly Schedule

Saturday, February 26th

12:55pm - 1:05pm
Introduction by Dr. Ted Christopher
1:05pm - 2:20pm
Act 1
2:20pm - 3:00pm
The Divine Nine, the group of nine historically black fraternities and sororities on campus, will perform a step-dance choreographed by Tierra Williams to represent the step-dance performed in the Opera, itself.
3:00pm - 4:45pm
Acts 2 & 3
4:45pm - 5:00pm
5:00pm - 5:45pm
Round Table Discussion
Featuring Dr. Ted Christopher, Dr. Blair Salter, Charles & Jo Dumas, and Tierra Williams
5:45pm - 6:00pm
Audience Q&A Session

Estimated Run Time: 3h 15m

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Saturday, Feb 26th, 2022


12:55 pm - 4:15 pm


Adult - $28 (includes fee); Senior - $26 (includes fee); Student - $10 (includes fee)


The Friedman Auditorium
130 W. College Ave. State College, PA

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