The Discord Altar

Homelessness continues to be an issue facing people of all ages and backgrounds in our communities. In April 2015, OperaWorks launched our first in an on-going series of modern operatic productions as part of our Arts For Social Awareness Project series.

The first, The Discord Altar, is a new opera developed and produced in association with Fugitive Kind Theatre, winner of two Ovation Awards. The Discord Altar ran four weekends in North Hollywood’s intimate Secret Rose Theatre. The cast of seven classically trained singing-actors, a pianist, and a fusion sound sculpture artist gave twelve one-hour performances that were fully staged and costumed with the musical score newly improvised each night.

At the conclusion of each one-hour performance was a short talkback session with different homeless shelter representatives and advocates from around the Los Angeles area.This production used adult language that may not be appropriate for children under 12.


Drew: Babatunde Akinboboye
Richie: Julia Aks
David: James Hayden
Vanelda: Anjelica McRae
Emily: Alina Roitstein
Lena: Annie Sherman/​Laura Parker


Playwright: Meghan Brown
Director: Amanda McRaven
   (NAACP nomination – Best Director)
Music Director & Pianist: Ann Baltz
   (NAACP nomination – Best Music Director)
Fusion Sound Sculpture Artist: Ray Salas

Post-Performance Talk Back Guests

Downtown Women’s Center
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
L.A. Family Housing
The Los Angeles Mission
Los Angeles Youth Network
The Midnight Mission
My Friend’s Place
The Rock Club “Rock for Vets”
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
Temple Isaiah
Ian Smith – Marine Corps, Iraq War veteran & Homeless advocate
Wendy Colman Levin – Home for Good Business Leaders Task Force