The Astronaut's Tale
Launching January 28-31, 2016
Directed by Nancy Rhodes and Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
At BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Breathtaking images of the galaxies and outer space ignite a modern tale of a young man's fascination
with the cosmos and his dream of flying to Mars. His adventure is guided by a mysterious
stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to become an astronaut.
Romance and a compelling drive to succeed catapult his blast off into space, transforming his life.
Stunning projections, an exciting percussive score, and gorgeous vocal music give us a luminous
glimpse of a multi-dimensional universe and the majesty of outer space.


Now announcing our honoree on Opening Night - January 28th

Meet Michael Massimino (former NASA astronaut, guest star in sitcom The Big Bang Theory, engineering professor at Columbia University, curator at Intrepid Museum) with Opening Night Performance and Reception, January 28, 2016 for only $125!

• Priority seating for The Astronaut's Tale
• Reception ticket to celebrate our opening night with refreshments and savory hors d'oeuvres!

*Purchase premium tickets for Jan. 28th, 8pm performance


Featuring engaging post-performance talkbacks with the cast and
guest astronomers from the Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach!


Professors at Columbia University, David Helfand and Joe Patterson

Topics include:

“We Are Made of Star Stuff” and
“What is Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Is it Real?”


Five performances only!

Thursday, January 28 at 8 pm
Friday, January 29 at 8 pm
Saturday, January 30 at 3 pm (Matinee)
Saturday, January 30 at 8 pm
Sunday, January 31 at 3 pm (Matinee)



Frank Basile, Lianne Gennaco, Eapen Leubner, Christopher Vettel

Nicholas DeMaison and Nancy Rhodes


Sets by Stephen H. Carmody     Projections by Lianne Arnold
Costumes by Angela Huff         Lighting by Sarah Johnston



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to support Encompass’s new programming!

Purchase YOUR tickets by December 31, 2015
for 10% off with discount code 48715.
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Listen to our radio interview about The Astronaut’s Tale with FQXI here.


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Preserving Our Planet

Bridging indigenous cultures,
women’s wisdom, and environmental science through soul-stirring films and inspiring musical performances.

Click here or on the globe to see the full
Paradigm Shifts 2016 page.

The Theory of Everything Blood of Angels Lord Byron Anna Christie
A new, full-length opera exploring science, spirituality, and indigenous cosmology. A dramatization of the political life of George C. Wallace set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. An astounding tale of this passionate, unpredictable wild child of letters. So scandalous in life, they burned his memoirs. A new music drama based on the Pulitzer prize-winning sea play by Eugene O'Neill explores the lost relationship of a woman and her father, and the sailor she falls in love with.


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has generously awarded
Encompass New Opera Theatre a coveted Access to Artistic Excellence grant for The Theory of Everything.

Encompass New Opera Theatre's programs are made possible by
the New York State Council on
the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and
the New York State Legislature.

Teeple Family Charitable Fund

Edith Meiser