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Hatuey: Memory of Fire

  • Alexander Kasser Theater 1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07043 USA (map)

Making its American premiere at Peak Performances at Montclair State University, Hatuey: Memory of Fire is a soaring Cuban-Yiddish opera, a love story set in a Havana nightclub in 1931. Oscar, a young Jewish writer who escaped the pogroms in the Ukraine to make a new home in Cuba, falls in love with Tinima, a beautiful singer and passionate revolutionary of Taino descent. As Oscar pens an epic poem about Cuba’s legendary 16th century freedom fighter, Hatuey, Tinima draws him into her fight against the corrupt Machado regime. This vibrant fusion of Afro-Cuban and Yiddish music and culture is also a powerful celebration of freedom. 

Frank London, composer
Elise Thoron, librettist
Music-Theatre Group, producer
Mary Birnbaum, director
Constantine Kitsopoulos, music director
Maija Garcia, choreographer


  • Friday September 14 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday September 15 at 8:00 pm
  • Sunday September 16 at 3:00 pm
  • Thursday September 20 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday September 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday September 22 at 8:00
  • Sunday September 23 at 3:00pm
Earlier Event: July 21
Strauss Recital