Play! out of the Barn: The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club
A Picnic Operetta By Mixed Precipitation
A rag-tag group of tennis players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and murderous revenge plot threatens their rise to the top of Rome’s championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven? All is presented with the Picnic Operetta’s trademark style of playfulness, satire, and hope. Classic arias and duets from Mozarts La Clemenza di Tito sore across the garden alongside new wave pop hits by Devo, Berlin, Yaz, and Depeche Mode. Our operatic athletes provide some fresh edible bites as well.
Mission: Mixed Precipitation is a performance company that creates unexpected theatrical experiences through unique partnerships and festive events that inspire social engagement.
Activities: Since 2009, Mixed Precipitation has annually produced the Picnic Operetta, reimagining classic opera for outdoor performance. The Picnic Operetta brings together classical music, food production, and storytelling into a celebration of harvest and local food assets. Additional projects include the annual Olympic quadrangle spectacular Tonya and Nancy: The Opera (2010, 2014, and 2018) and music education programming with Adventures in Cardboard.
Programming History: In 2019 Mixed Precipitation will mount its 11th annual Picnic Operetta, continuing the success of unique outdoor performances in the metro and throughout Minnesota.
“It’s the most magical afternoon I’ve had since childhood. The birds, butterflies,
slight breeze, delicious morsels of food, communal atmosphere, and of course the fantastic performance by your company had me charmed beyond my expectations.”
– Audience Member at the J.D. Rivers’ Children’s Garden, North Minneapolis
“The live performance art of the operetta is refreshing and the fact that it incorporates the garden’s harvest further integrates all the garden’s assets for community-building, education, expression, and celebration of people and culture.”
– Kristen Saylor, Executive Director of Gardening Matters
“The show was brilliant! Not at all easy to pull off so major an undertaking and you folks did it magnificently. We loved the food nibbles too. You absolutely maximized on all the different features — the outdoors, the environment, the food, the sense of community, but most importantly on the sheer talent. Amazing singing talent.”
– Dr. Andrew Cohen, Center for Advanced Research, University of Minnesota