We start the New Year with great news. Alycin Hayes' most successful book "Amazon Hitchhiker: A Woman's Adventure from Canada to Brazil" is being read all over the world. The adventure continues.
Saturday, December 2, 2023 Alycin Hayes will join other Gainesville, Florida authors at the Theatre of Memory for a book signing with her memoir "Amazon Hitchhiker " and children's book "Milo and The Mustang.
Alycin Hayes was a guest on the New York Metropolitan Opera’s next podcast of Aria Code talking about her adventures in the Amazon basin described in her memoir “AMAZON HITCHHIKER''.
This podcast will focus on the final aria in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Florencia en el Amazonas” by Daniel Catán which opens November 16th, 2023. This magical opera sung in Spanish takes place on the Amazon River and is based loosely on Gabriel García Márquez’s book “Love in the Time of Cholera”.
It’s the early 1900s, and the steamship El Dorado makes its way along the Amazon River towards Manaus, a city in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. Onboard is the world-famous opera singer Florencia Grimaldi. She’s got a gig at the opera house in Manaus, but that’s just a cover. She’s actually hoping for a reunion with her long-lost love, the butterfly catcher Cristóbal.
But on the journey, Florencia learns that Cristóbal went missing in the rainforest while in pursuit of a rare butterfly. From the deck of the ship — and now in quarantine due to a cholera outbreak — she delivers her final aria, calling out to him, the river and the rainforest that surround her: “Escúchame.” Hear me, listen to me. “From you my song was born,” she affirms — and in embracing her love for him, she is released and reborn.
Daniel Catán’s lush and lyrical score has become a staple of contemporary operas, and its staging marks the Metropolitan Opera’s first Spanish-language production in nearly 100 years. In this episode, host Rhiannon Giddens and her guests take us on a journey through natural wonder, transcendent love, and self-discovery.
Soprano Ailyn Pérez makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in her native language of Spanish as Florencia Grimaldi. She identifies with Florencia and the sacrifices that are sometimes necessary to pursue an artistic career.
Andrea Puente-Catán is a harpist, director of development at Ballet Hispánico, and the widow of “Florencia” composer Daniel Catán. She met Catán when she was 17 years old. Decades later, playing harp in that opera’s production at Palacia de Bellas Artes brought them back together.
Author, filmmaker, and fearless traveler Alycin Hayes knows a thing or two about Amazonian adventures. When she was 21, she hitchhiked from her home in Canada to South America, where she met up with other roving internationals to paddle along the Amazon River in a dugout canoe. She describes her adventures in her recent memoir "Amazon Hitchhiker."
Paul Rosolie is conservationist, writer, and wildlife filmmaker whose memoir “Mother of God” details his extensive work in the Amazon. He’s the founder and field director of Junglekeepers, a conservation outfit based in Peru, and he joins the show via a remote interview taped in the jungle.
Elliott Hayes' play "Honour Among Thieves" will be performed by the Gabriola Players in the North Island Zone Drama Festival on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum, British Columbia, Canada
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Just release by the Playwrights Guild of Canada "Summer and Fall" a 2 act play by Elliott Hayes
A timeless war love story set in a worn neighborhood of Toronto in 1941.
Bonnie lives with her father Vic. Her brother has already left to go overseas to join the war so they decide to rent out his room to make some extra money until he returns, but sadly he doesn't return.
Luke, a young American, becomes their border. As sparks begin to fly between Bonnie and Luke he decides to go to war and joins the Canadian army.
Elliott Hayes' play "Honour Among Thieves" is a powerful, dangerous one act play, featuring two women that finishes with a surprising ending. In redefining what a monster truly is, this play delves into our darker side, making us laugh in the process with engaging dialogue and dark humor. It is a deceptively low key comedy thriller.
Coming to Galiano Island, British Colombia, Canada in October, 2023
Elliott Hayes' play "Life on Mars" is being produce by the River City Players in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada this Fall.
Jitterbug a new 2 act play by Elliott Hayes was just released for the first time by Playwrights Guild of Canada
Jitterbug is a tragicomedy that explores family relationships, particularly between sisters.
Fiona is a world traveler who’s son, Dan met with a medical emergency while they were on safari in Africa.
Her sister, Moira, has never traveled and is coping with a daughter, Stevie who has been in rehab twice.
Add alcohol, religion, an unfaithful husband, Hayes’ poignant dialogue and we have a dynamic play that will make audiences both laugh and cry.
My brother, Elliott Hayes' play Hard Hearts: A Comedy of Bad Manners is now available through Playwrights Guild of Canada. He was a brilliant playwright.
“In order to let people know what they're in for, my play Hard Hearts has been called part mystery, part comedy, part farce. All descriptions are partly right, and partly wrong. There is no genre to slot it into. Ultimately, it is a play that takes comedy seriously.” -Playwright Elliott Hayes
"Celebrating his unrivaled knack for threatening the most disturbing subjects with absurdly wicked humour is Elliott Hayes’ play “Hard Hearts”... a play that defies categorization." -- Jim Lingerfelt, Stage Door
Variety's Review of Hard Hearts called Elliott Hayes "... a Canadian Neil Simon with extra bite..."
Elliott Hayes was a prolific playwright who was killed in the prime of his life. Recently many of his unproduced plays have been found in the Stratford Festival Archives and are now being made available for the first time through the Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet. More of his plays will be released this Summer and Fall.
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