Vera of Las Vegas



An unlikely setting — Las Vegas, its airport and casinos — and a more unlikely cast of characters: the Chorus of flight attendants, an undercover agent called Doll, and a shady pair called Trench and Trilby . . .

Paul Muldoon’s libretto, for Daron Aric Hagen’s opera, centres on a pair of IRA volunteers, now illegal aliens, Taco Bell and Dumdum Devlin (‘not Devine’). But is there more to Vera than meets the eye? Should her calling card really read LAPDANCER or just LAPD? Shadowed by the ‘Troubles’ of Northern Ireland, this ‘nightmare cabaret opera’ extends the author’s Six Honest Serving Men and implies a way, through conscience and ‘something like a confession’, to a point where things might begin to become more clear.

Year Published: 2001
Details: 56pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 283 7
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 284 4

The Gallery Press