Bound, Huang Ruo's chamber opera, is produced at the Rose Nagelberg Theatre in the Baruch Performing Arts Center through April 18, 2019. Originally commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, this production is the New York premiere. It is a fresh take by Freshly Squeezed Opera. Ashley Tate who specializes in multi-media production, directs.
Like their Chinese immigrant predecessors, Vietnamese refugees worked in cleaning establisments. In this instance, spiffing up garments is an effort to enhance the American experience. In their own country, Americans ruined everything.
The opera is based on the real story of Diane Tran of Willis, Texas. Tran, an A student in 11th grade, was jailed for truancy. Abandoned by her mother and father, Tran is the sole support of her siblings. In addition to attending school when she can, she works two jobs.